INDIANAPOLIS - The House Public Policy Committee voted 9-3 this week to eliminate Indiana's gun permit requirement.
Under current law, Hoosiers wanting to carry a firearm must get a license. A five-year permit is free.
If passed, House Bill 1369 would have Indiana join 16 other states having no permit or license to carry.
Indiana law would still prohibit certain Hoosiers from carrying a firearm, such as those with a felony conviction or who have been found mentally unstable.
The bill would also eliminate about $3.5 million in fees that goes to local police for training, ammunition and vests. But author Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, said there will be a line item in the state budget to cover that.
Because of the fiscal impact, the measure now moves to the House Ways and Means.
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