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Republican lawmakers poised to resurrect elimination of Indiana handgun carry permits

Brandon Smith
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IPB News
Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) said the House and Senate will look for a new landing spot for legislative language that would eliminate the requirement to get a license to carry a handgun.

House and Senate lawmakers appear poised to perform a resurrection act with legislation that eliminates Indiana’s handgun carry permits.

A Senate committee late Wednesday gutted the bill after eight hours of testimony and debate. But Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) said that change violated Senate rules, forcing him to stop HB 1077 from moving forward in the Senate.

However, Bray said the House and Senate will look for a new landing spot for the bill’s original language, which would eliminate the requirement to get a license to carry a handgun.

“And then debate it here on the floor of the Senate, debate it over in the House and see if it can move,” Bray said.

READ MORE: Senate committee stuns, guts bill that would've eliminated handgun carry permit requirement

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There’s no indication yet which bill the handgun language will be moved into.

Advancing the permit carry elimination goes against the wishes of the majority of law enforcement in Indiana, highlighted during Wednesday's committee hearing. Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter sharply criticized Republicans, saying they were acting out of political concerns and not in the interest of public safety.

Both Bray and House Speaker Todd Huston expressed disappointment in Carter's comments.

"Our caucuses are the same caucuses that provided record funding for State Police," Huston said. "Our caucuses are the same caucuses that ... made improvements to the Law Enforcement Academy."

Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor said Republicans should heed Carter's words.

"Law enforcement was there, the blue was there last night," Taylor said. "And for a party that always talks about Democrats being against blue, they were totally against law enforcement."

The 2022 legislative session is set to end no later than March 14.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.