Indiana Constitutional Carry HB1296 Awaits Gov Signature

Indiana lawmakers passed HB1296. The bill removes the requirement that a person obtains a permit to carry a handgun in the state. Now Gov. Eric Holcomb must decide to sign or veto the bill.


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Indiana House Bill 1296 —

Under HB1296, anyone over 18 years old who can carry a gun legally would be able to do so without a permit. Additionally, the penalty for stealing a firearm would be more severe. A conviction would mean a prison term of 1-6 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

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The Indiana Legislature voted 30-20 in the Senate and 68-30 in the House. Some weak Republican lawmakers in the state sided with Democrats and voted against the bill. Opponents framed the bill as anti-law enforcement because the head of the state police, Douglas Carter, is against it. The IndyStar reported the following:

There’s also widespread opposition to the bill among law enforcement due to safety reasons, because there would no longer be a database to show officers who is permitted to carry a firearm. Much of the discussion on the floor centered around whether lawmakers were “backing the blue” if they voted for the bill.

It’s preposterous to think the police are less safe if they don’t have a database of citizens who have permits. Obtaining a permit does not make a gun owner follow the law. A gun owner who obtained a permit ALREADY follows the law. These people will still follow the law even if they don’t get a license. And the person who would shoot a police officer would do it with or without a permit.


We the people support constitutional carry —

Currently, 21 states in the country have constitutional carry laws on the books. In Ohio, gun owners are waiting for Gov. DeWine to sign the constitutional carry bill on his desk.

Senator Eric Koch stated a stubborn fact when presenting the bill. He said, “Not a single state that has passed it has repealed it; what does that tell you?”

Let Gov. Holcomb know you want him to sign the bill now.


  1. Ronald Wheatbrook on March 15, 2022 at 4:08 am

    The police want the permit money. They think some of there funding will be lost with constitutional carry. Fact is in the vast majority of gun violence the perpetrator is long gone before the police arrive.
    Also I am as conservative as they get. And I’m of the opinion that police and there jack booted thug mentality have created an underclass that hates America. The fact they are less then respectful with citizens has made the bed they lie in. You could go into any police station and ask. Who here shouldn’t be a cop. If they are honest they would say Joe or John or Bill. Because the good cops know who shouldn’t be there! Sign the bill Sir. Side with the people!

  2. Scott Powell on March 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    I agree with Mr. Wheatbrook 100%. Not one state that passed permit less carry has repealed it. That tells me that it works and works well. Criminals who carry guns do not follow the laws, they don’t fill out the forms and wait weeks for an appointment to get finger printed. I am a law abiding citizen of Indiana, my 2nd amendment right should not be hampered because of law enforcement paranoia.

  3. Bradley riley on March 19, 2022 at 12:04 am

    I’ve been wait for over 60 days now a criminal don’t wait at all. With that being said I don’t think a person with mental issues should have a gun, I hope the governor does the right thing and passes this bill

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