House committee supports Lucasís bill banning illegal immigrants from possessing firearms

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Friday, March 24, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2017) — The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code recently voted in unanimous support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that would make the possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant a Level 6 felony.

According to Lucas, there is currently no law in Indiana that addresses this situation. A Level 6 felony is the lowest level felony in the state, and it can carry a sentence of 6 months to 2.5 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

“If a person is here illegally or unlawfully, they do not have the right to possess or carry a firearm,” Lucas said. “This bill would allow Indiana prosecutors to charge these law-breaking individuals with this felony.”

This bill now moves to the full House for further consideration. To learn more about Senate Bill 344, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

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