General Assembly OKs armor-piercing bullets for police only

By Ashley Steeb

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill allowing Indiana law enforcement agencies to use armor-piercing ammunition moved one step closer to becoming law.

House Bill 1095 passed the House floor for the final time with a 91-2 vote Tuesday.

The legislation would adopt the federal definition of armor-piercing bullets, which are ones made entirely of metal. Under current law, Indiana defines armor-piercing bullets as having a metal core and covered in plastic.

Author of the bill, Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, said the change was needed to keep up with technology. Ammunition companies like American Eagle Syntech created plastic-covered bullets that cannot pierce bulletproof vests or other obstacles and they would now be legal under the law.

Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, authored a bill that would adopt the federal definition of armor-piercing bullets. Photo by Ashley Steeb,

The House agreed with the Senate amendment that allows law enforcement officers to use the bullets when they are performing their official duties.

Law enforcement agencies and the military will be the only ones allowed to use armor-piercing bullets.

One of the two opposing votes came from Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, because she said doesn’t find the bill to be necessary. Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, also voted against it.

“I value my F rating from the NRA very much,” Candelaria Reardon said. “I think that we often legislate problems that don’t exist.”

The National Rifle Association has said that it supports Burton’s bill.

HB 1095 now goes to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will have seven days from the time the legislation makes it to his desk to decide to sign or veto the legislation.

Ashley Steeb is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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