The Indiana House has approved a bill to allow those protected by an order of protection to carry handguns without a license.
The measure by Rep. Sean Eberhart passed Tuesday on a 71-26 vote and heads to the Senate.
The Shelbyville Republican said the bill would allow domestic violence victims to protect themselves without waiting for approval of a handgun license.
Democrats say the measure is a "Trojan Horse," or subterfuge, designed to erode reasonable firearms restrictions.
The bill also includes a provision calling for a special committee to study the elimination of Indiana's handgun licensing requirement.
Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, said doing away with the state's licensure requirement is his ultimate goal.