Lucas, fellow committee members examine constitutional carry

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, September 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 7, 2017) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and fellow members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and Public Policy today continued examining the implementation of constitutional carry in Indiana.

According to Lucas, constitutional carry is the legal carrying of a handgun, both openly and concealed, without the requirement of a government license. Lucas said he is seeking to eliminate the mandate requiring a lawful person to obtain a license to carry a firearm because citizens have the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, and shouldn’t be burdened with paying for a government license to exercise that right. He said those with felony convictions, are under 18 years of age or otherwise not legally permitted to carry a firearm would remain ineligible.

“Unfortunately, there are misconceptions about constitutional carry and it needs to be made clear that this change would not alter who can and cannot own a gun in Indiana,” Lucas said. “The only Hoosiers who would be affected by this potential change would be the law-abiding citizens who would no longer have to be fingerprinted, fill out lengthy forms and pay the state a fee in order to exercise their constitutional right.”

According to Lucas, there are currently 12 states that have constitutional carry, 22 other states are pushing to implement it, and 31 states have open carry without a permit required. At the end of 2016, Indiana had 776,500 handgun license holders — a 40 percent increase in just three years. 

“Indiana is a ‘shall issue’ state, which means as long as one is not prohibited from carrying a handgun, they will get their license,” Lucas said. “The state is forcing people to go through these cumbersome steps to prove their innocence.”

The next scheduled meeting of the committee is Oct. 12, 2017. Visit iga.in.gov to watch committee hearings online.

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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.