Lucasí bill prohibiting illegal immigrants from possessing firearms is signed into law

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Monday, April 17, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law a proposal sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that will make the possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant a Level 6 felony.

Senate Enrolled Act 344 establishes that a person who is unlawfully in the United States and knowingly or intentionally possesses a firearm will be convicted of a Level 6 felony.  

“This law allows prosecutors to charge these individuals with this felony,” Lucas said. “I believe if they are unwilling to take the necessary steps to become a citizen, then they may also be unwilling to follow laws associated with being a responsible gun owner.”

A Level 6 felony can carry a sentence of 6 months to 2.5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The new law is effective immediately. Visit iga.in.gov for more information about this new law.

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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.