Bill would allow lawmakers, staff to carry guns in Capitol

Lawmakers and legislative staff would be permitted to carry guns in the Statehouse and Indiana’s Capitol complex under a bill that will be heard by a Senate committee this week.

Senate Bill 14, sponsored by Sen. Jim Tomes, R-Wadesville, will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. The three-page bill would permit members of the General Assembly and full-time staff members to carry handguns if they have a permit and are otherwise permitted to carry a handgun.

Lawmakers would be allowed to carry handguns under the measure subject to the authority of the House speaker and president pro tem of the Senate. Staff could carry guns subject to the authority of the legislative council.

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 130 of the Statehouse. The meeting agenda also includes hearings for legislation on attorney general settlements and fund, restricting capital punishment for those with serious mental illness, and the collection of DNA for felony arrestees. The House Judiciary Committee Monday passed a bill to collect DNA samples from anyone arrested and charged with a felony.

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