STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) sponsored Senate Bill (SB)154 which passed out of the House with an 84 to 5 vote today. This legislation allows a person to carry a loaded and operational firearm while operating an off-road vehicle or snowmobile.
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"Right now, a citizen who legally owns a firearm can be cited for carrying it on their off-road vehicle," said Rep. Sean Eberhart. "This bill serves to protect property owners who use an off-road vehicle to inspect their land and need a firearm for their safety."
The passing of SB 154 is another step in continuing to protect and expand Hoosiers' Second Amendment right to bear arms.
In 2008, the Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, defined a citizen's right to bear arms as: ".the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home."
Indiana continues to champion less-restrictive gun regulations for law-abiding Hoosiers in accordance to the state's constitution. More specifically, this legislation permits a driver to carry a handgun if it has been issued with an unlimited handgun license.
Firearm possession will be permitted for those operating the vehicle on their property, legally owns the property or has permission from the owner to possess a firearm on the property.
"This legislation affords more flexibility to land owners and how they monitor their property," said Rep. Eberhart. "I will continue to support Hoosiers' Second Amendment rights and will make sure the rights of the people of Indiana are protected."
If signed into law by the Governor, the legislation will be effective on July 1, 2011.