Indiana gun measures head toward final approval

Two firearms bills moved closer to final approval in the Indiana Legislature Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved bills that would further define armor-piercing bullets that are illegal for sale in the Hoosier state and entitle law enforcement officials with 20 years’ service to receive free lifetime permits to carry handguns. Both measures cleared the committee without opposition.

Bill author Rep. Woody Burton, R-Whiteland, said House Bill 1095 updates Indiana’s ban on armor-piercing bullets, but keeps possession, manufacture or sale of them a Level 5 felony. Members of law enforcement and the military remain the only people allowed to possess the bullets and only while performing official duties and training.

The proposed version of the statue under I.C. 35-47-5-11, which adopts the federal definition of armor-piercing bullets, is supported by the National Sports Shooting Foundation and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Also Wednesday, the committee expanded the eligibility of law enforcement officers to receive free lifetime permits to carry handguns. House Bill 1250 authored by Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Austin, expands the perk that’s currently available only to honorably retired law enforcement officers.

Both measures now advance to the full Senate.

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