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Gun Carry Recommendations Include Hurdles To License

Oct 30, 2017

A special legislative study committee wrapped up three months of work this week. The panel declined to get specific on a recommendation to eliminate Indiana’s handgun license requirement, opting instead to make recommendations on studying current hurdles to getting a gun license.

The joint committee adopted the report after hearing hours of testimony from both sides on the issue of repealing a law requiring a license to carry handguns in public.

A special study committee to consider the elimination Indiana’s handgun license requirements took more public testimony Thursday. It was the second of three scheduled meetings on the issue and reports the debate played out largely unchanged from the past several years.

Dozens of Hoosiers on either side of the debate showed up to testify about allowing people to carry guns in Indiana without a license.

An increase in the number of applications for a license to carry a handgun is causing problems for the Indiana State Police.

Since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in mid-December, the number of Hoosiers applying for a gun license has skyrocketed. The average number of monthly applications went from about 5,200 to more than 23,000 in January.

The agency reports a return to more normal levels last month, but the high volume has slowed down the processing time to more than 60-days, which the law requires.