Lucas calls on legislators to consider constitutional carry proposal over summer

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, February 14, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2017) — The House Committee on Public Policy today voted in favor of further studying State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) proposal calling for constitutional carry in Indiana.

This session, Lucas authored legislation allowing for anyone who is otherwise licensed, to carry a gun without a permit in Indiana. Lucas is seeking to have Indiana join 12 other states that already have constitutional carry laws.

The Public Policy Committee decided to take this proposal as an amendment and, if passed, the topic would be assigned to a summer study committee. In preparation for the legislative session, summer study committee members meet to examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and identify potential legislation.

“There’s a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about constitutional carry and what this would mean for Indiana,” Lucas said. “I want to help educate the public and policymakers and clear up misconceptions, like how my proposal would not change who can and cannot own a gun in Indiana. I am looking forward to discussing constitutional carry in a summer study committee.”

Lucas wants Indiana to eliminate the requirement that a person who is already legally allowed must obtain a license to carry a handgun. People who have felony convictions, are under 18 years of age or otherwise not legally permitted to carry a firearm would remain ineligible. 

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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.