A bill to ease restrictions on those looking to carry a handgun is a step in the right direction but falls short of a Seymour lawmaker’s hopes to repeal all licensing requirements.
House Bill 1424 cleared the Indiana House’s public policy committee by a 12-1 vote Wednesday morning and is now headed to a second reading on the House floor.
“I’m still frustrated, but that’s part of the process up here,” said District 69 Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican and member of the committee.
The bill keeps the current handgun licensing process while eliminating the fee for a lifetime permit, which can cost as much as $125, The Associated Press reported.
It also lengthens the present four-year license to five years while keeping in place the fee for that license. That fee can cost upwards of $40. The bill also exempts permit holders from having to undergo new criminal background checks when purchasing firearms.
If signed into law by the governor, the bill would take effect July 1, 2019.
by Jordan Richart