Indiana House Passes Constitutional Carry, Braver Than the US Supremes
The reason that America is confusing to many people, including some Americans is that we are a Constitutional Republic. We elect , or in theory, elect the people who want to represent us in the Government, and they are supposed to listen to us and represent our voices and abide by the US Constitution. As archaic as that may sound to the left, the process still, surprisingly, works in some places where there are brave Americans remain in office.
So check out Indiana, home of the greatest spectacle in racing the Indy 500, who are now passing gun laws that respect Americans, and joining other states who are doing the same.
“House Bill 1369 passed the House by a 65-31 vote and now heads to the Senate, where its already picked up key endorsements. Under the legislation, sometimes called “constitutional carry,” certain offenders still could be prohibited from carrying handguns.
The bill would eliminate the license in March 2022. The licenses raise $5.3 million per year to train law enforcement officers, a tab that taxpayers would at least partially have to pick up.
Opponents worry the bill would make police officers and the general public less safe, but advocates say law-abiding citizens should not have to pay for a right guaranteed to them by the Constitution,” reported The Indy Star on Tuesday.
Fox News reported in an article, Indiana House votes to eliminate license to carry a handgun in state, that the bill specified that certain offenders still could be prohibited from carrying handguns.
This seems like news from an America long ago and far away from where a country where the highest court in the land from behind massive military protection can’t muster the bravery to protect the livelihood and future of 360 Million Americans, but it is real. It is happening back home in Indiana.
As the federal government is getting more oppressive with gun laws, the State Legislatures, who are closer to the people are turning to more liberty for gun owners.
Grover Norquist noted in a Twitter post that Indiana could be the 20th state to enact Constitutional carry for firearms.
DIGEST OF BILL
Firearms matters. Effective March 30, 2022: (1) Repeals the law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana; (2) Specifies that certain persons who are not otherwise prohibited from carrying or possessing a handgun are not required to obtain or possess a license or permit from the state to carry a handgun in Indiana; (3) Prohibits certain individuals from knowingly or intentionally carrying a handgun; (4) Creates the crime of “unlawful carrying of a handgun”; (5) Provides that a prohibited person who knowingly or intentionally carries a handgun commits a Class A misdemeanor; (6) Specifies that the unlawful carrying of a handgun is a Level 5 felony if a person: (A) is less than 23 years of age; and (B) has an adjudication as a delinquent child for an act described by IC 35-47-4-5 (unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon); (7) Allows a resident of Indiana who wishes to carry a firearm in another state under a reciprocity agreement entered into by Indiana and the other state to obtain from the superintendent of the state police department a reciprocity license; (8) Requires law enforcement agencies to make use of certain data bases when issuing reciprocity licenses; (9) Specifies the following fees for reciprocity licenses: (A) $0 for five year reciprocity licenses, and (B) $75 for lifetime reciprocity licenses; (10) Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally exerts unauthorized control over a firearm of another person with the intent to deprive the person of any part of its value or use commits theft, a Level 5 felony; and (11) Allows for the imposition of an additional fixed term of imprisonment when a person knowingly or intentionally: (A) points; or (B) discharges; a firearm at someone the person knew, or reasonably should have known, was a first responder. Effective July 1, 2021: (1) Provides that the following must develop a process that allows law enforcement officers the ability to quickly access information about whether a person is a prohibited person who may not knowingly or intentionally carry a handgun: (A) The state police department; (B) The bureau of motor vehicles; (C) Local law enforcement agencies; and (D) Any other state entity with access to information related to persons who may not knowingly or intentionally carry a handgun; (2) Provides that the information made available to law enforcement officers must meet all state and federal statutory, constitutional, and regulatory requirements; and (3) Allows state entities to enter into a memorandum of understanding to ensure that all legal requirements are met. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.