STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill authored by State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), which would allow for a wider range of rifle specifications to be used during deer season and offer more protections for private property owners.
House Bill (HB) 1231 would task the Department of Natural Resources with establishing the use of more accessible hunting rifles during deer season, which are currently not permitted. These firearms are already legal to use for hunting other species.
“Going hunting with my sons is one of our favorite things to do,” Arnold said. “By easing the regulations regarding which guns can and can’t be used during hunting season, more freedom will be given back to those of us who enjoy the sport so much.”
The bill would also authorize the use of purple paint marks to indicate a landowner does not allow outside hunting and to delineate their property boundaries.
“Trespassing is a real concern in our area and the purple marks are a great way to address the problem in a cost conscious manner for landowners,” Arnold said.
HB 1231 will now head to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep. Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.