Indiana House Votes to Abolish Concealed Carry Permit Requirement

A person has his fingerprints taken as part of a Utah concealed gun carry permit class, at Range Master of Utah, on January 9, 2016 in Springville, Utah.Utahs permits, available for a fee to non-residents who meet certain requirements, are among the most popular in the country because they are …
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The Indiana House voted Monday to abolished the state’s requirement law-abiding citizens acquire a concealed permit in order to carry a gun on their persons for self-defense.

Fox News reported legislation aimed at ending the permit requirement, House Bill 1369, passed by a vote of 65 to 31.

HB1369 is sponsored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R). The summary for the bill says, “Repeals the law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana.”

The push to end the concealed carry permit requirement in Indiana comes less than a week after Montana became the 18th state to abolish its permit requirement.

The other 17 states that abolished their requirement are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) is asking legislators to pass a bill to abolish the permit requirement is state as well:

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at [email protected]. You can sign up to get Down Range at


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