Indiana Police say they’re worried about a repeatedly proposed Indiana bill that would no longer require residents to receive a permit in order to carry a gun.
Gun permits act as a background check to stop individuals with criminal or mental records from obtaining access to guns. But Republican state representative Jim Lucas of Seymour, Indiana is trying to repeal the current law that requires gun owners to receive a permit before obtaining a firearm.
It’s the second year in a row Lucas has tried to repeal the permit process. According to Votesmart.org, the National Rifle Association gave Indiana congressman a rating of 100% last year.
In a press release on August 22 Lucas stated, “Today was the first day committee members came together to discuss ‘constitutional carry’ in a study session at the Indiana Statehouse… The only Hoosiers who would be affected by this potential change would be the law-abiding citizens who would no longer have to be fingerprinted, fill out lengthy forms, and pay the state a fee in order to exercise a constitutional right.”.
Several police groups have spoken out against Seymour’s stance on gun permits. Last year nearly five thousand gun permit applications were rejected, largely on the grounds of prior convictions or mental instability. The next meeting for Lucas’ committee is on September 7th.