[r57] Handgun possession bill passes the House (4/13/2011)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Start Date: 4/13/2011 All Day
End Date: 4/13/2011
STATEHOUSE - Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) sponsored Senate Bill (SB) 506 which passed the House today by a vote of 84 to 13.

SB 506 allows for an individual to carry their handgun with them on the property of another person or in another person's vehicle if they were given permission to access that property by the owner or lessee.

"I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and will continue to advocate for our constitutional right to bear arms." said Rep. Sean Eberhart.

This legislation also allows a person to carry a handgun if they are attending a firearms event, receiving firearm instruction, at a shooting range, or participating in legal hunting activities. This bill also states that at any other time the handgun must be unloaded and secure.

"The House took important steps to ensure that this legislation did not allow a person to use this law to possess or transport ammunition or a firearm if they are prohibited from doing so by state or federal law," said Rep. Eberhart.

Under current law, it is illegal to transport a handgun in your vehicle for any reason unless you are driving from the point of purchase to your home, fixed place of business, or from your home or fixed place of business to a gunsmith for repair, unless you have some form of state-issued permit.

If signed into law by the governor, the bill will go into effect July 1, 2011.