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Indiana Gun Laws: Can Towns and Cities Make Local Rules?

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Gun control laws in Indiana are among the least restrictive in the country, which pleases residents who fight for individual liberties under the Second Amendment.

It can be confusing when local municipalities enact ordinances to tighten some provisions of state-wide laws, such as limiting firearms in public buildings and property. The responsibility then shifts to the individual to determine what regulations apply to that area.

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In June 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels signed two laws designed to eliminate confusing localized restrictions on firearms and preserve an individual's right to carry throughout the state of Indiana.

Senate Enrolled Act 292, also known as the "Firearm Pre-emption Reform" bill, prevents local municipalities from passing firearms or ammunition laws that are stricter than state law. Simply, any restrictions will apply everywhere in Indiana. The measure had passed through the General Assembly, 38-12, and 77-21 in the state Senate and would mandate a strong and meaningful statewide standard for all firearm laws in Indiana.

The "Firearm Transport Permit Reform" bill, or Senate Enrolled Act 506, reformed the state's transport requirement. The new law allows a person to transport a handgun under specific circumstances without a handgun license, such as one being used for instruction. It has been illegal to have a handgun in a vehicle without a state-issued permit unless driving from the point of purchase to a home or a place of business, or from home or business to a repair shop, according to USACarry.com.

Act 506 overwhelmingly passed in the Indiana Senate, 43-7, then roared through the Indiana House, 84-13.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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