House passes Eberhart's bill providing long-serving law enforcement officials free lifetime handgun permits

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, February 20, 2017 2:26 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2017) – The Indiana House of Representatives today voted 90-7 in favor of a bill co-authored by State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain  a lifetime handgun permit free of charge after 20 years of service.

“These brave men and women have put their lives on the line enforcing the law and protecting us for 20 years or more,” Eberhart said. “Two decades of service to the citizens of Indiana should be rewarded, and this is a small token of our appreciation.”

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.

If passed into law, this legislation 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. 

House Bill 1250 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.


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.