Eberhart’s bill giving free lifetime handgun permits to police officers could soon be law

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:50 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2017) – The Indiana Senate today voted in support of a bill co-authored by State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) exempting long-serving law enforcement officials from lifetime handgun permit fees.

“We appreciate the service, dedication and sacrifice these brave men and women have given to keep our communities safe,” Eberhart said. “We can show our gratitude and appreciation for those who put their lives on the line for at least 20 years by giving them a lifetime handgun permit for free.”

Currently, law enforcement officers must have honorably retired after 20 or more years of service to receive to a free lifetime license to carry a handgun.

According to Eberhart, House Bill 1250 would exempt all police officers, sheriffs, deputies and federal law enforcement officers from the fees associated with lifetime handgun permits after 20 or more years of service, regardless if they are retired or not. 

After being approved by the House of Representatives and Senate, the bill could be signed into law by the governor.


State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

A high-resolution photo of Eberhart can be downloaded by clicking here.