Lawful Carry Bill


The constitutional carry bill is a bill that will allow Indiana residents to carry and buy firearms without acquiring a permit.

The bill will allow lawful carry for people who are 18 and older. According to ‘wishtv’ Hoosiers who want to purchase firearms will still have to complete the federal ‘Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ form.

As the bill heads to the senate, senior Ethan Clark expresses concerns with the new bill.

“With the proper training I think it’s a good idea,” Clark said. “You can’t just have people walking around who don’t know what they’re doing.”

The bill guarantees citizens have the right to self-defense without government interference. Although HB 1077 is new it will not interfere with citizens who already have permits to openly carry, and people who have an Indiana permit to still carry in other states.

According to Doug Carter, the Indiana State Police superintendent, the original system has prevented 10,000 residents from acquiring a firearm license who have had convictions of felonies

“If you’re going to carry a gun you should have a permit,” junior Sydney Ingram said. “If anyone had a gun who might have a mental illness or because of how young they are, it’s irresponsible.”

Certain risks may be in play as well, if someone were to be pulled over officers may not know if the person is carrying a firearm of any sort without the necessary permit.

World Civilizations teacher Jesse Shoaf gives insight on the recklessness of carrying a firearm with no permit.

“To carry without any permit would be not wise,” Shoaf said. “ It could be a public safety issue for the individual and the public as a whole if someone has a mental health issue.”

As the bill continues to move forward Indiana is not the first state to be introduced to the bill, 21 other states allow open carry as well. As the bill marched its way through the senate with a vote of 64-29, it is likely the bill will be passed.