Lucas: Committee passes bill allowing corrections employees to keep handgun on property

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) — The House Committee on Public Policy voted in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that would allow correctional facility employees to keep their firearm on company property in a locked vehicle.

Under this proposal, employees of the Department of Corrections who are legally allowed and licensed to carry a firearm, would be permitted to keep their handguns on prison property. It would require the firearm to be stored in a locked case and kept out of sight in a secured vehicle.

“Employers should not be able to infringe upon their employees who are legally allowed to carry a handgun with a license to carry,” Lucas said. “While they are at work, a person should not be prohibited from safely storing their firearm in a locked case in their trunk or out of plain sight inside their secured vehicle.”

With this proposal, state employees of the Indiana General Assembly who are licensed to carry a handgun would also be allowed to have a firearm in the state capitol building. This would include elected officials and full-time employees of the Indiana House of Representatives, Senate and Legislative Services Agency.

Senate Bill 43 now moves to the House floor for consideration. To learn more, 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.