STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2017) — State Rep. Sean Eberhart’s (R-Shelbyville) bill that would allow protective orders to double as handgun permits in domestic violence situations could soon be law.
Eberhart said the bill also allows state police to expedite permit requests by those with a protective order. Victims of domestic violence using their protective order as a handgun permit must meet certain requirements, including applying for a handgun license and be at least 18 years of age while never being convicted of a felony. If requirements are met, then a person can use their protective order as their permit for up to a 60-day period.
“Sadly, a very high percentage of abuse victims are at a greater risk of losing their lives when leaving or attempting to leave the relationship,” Eberhart said. “This gives them added protections to help them protect themselves. In these dangerous, life-threatening circumstances, these victims don’t have 60 days to wait for a piece of paper to arrive in the mail. This legislation would allow those who have been granted a protective order to carry a handgun for their own protection. The goal is to help protect those who are in fear of their life.”
According to Eberhart, this measure also tasks lawmakers study the state moving toward constitutional carry.
House Enrolled Act 1071 now heads to the governor for further consideration as a new law.
State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.
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