Indiana lawmakers have started a debate over whether a DUI charge should prevent someone from getting a handgun permit.
Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) bill would remove the phrase “alcohol abuser” from the application.
Tomes says alcohol crimes and applying for a gun permit are unrelated.
“The question, if you have a DUI, I was asking: What does that have to do with obtaining a handgun license?” Tomes says. “If you had a DUI last night and tomorrow you want to get up and buy a firearm, you can buy a firearm. There’s no question about a DUI last night.”