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Indiana House sends gun-carry legislation to Senate

February 21, 2017

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.

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