[r85] Rep. Pond Report (2/9/2010)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Start Date: 2/9/2010 All Day
End Date: 2/9/2010

STATEHOUSE- The 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. It is an amendment that I take seriously and will continue to support on behalf of Hoosiers.

Two bills passed through the House this week to do with Hoosiers' gun rights. . Here are some additional details:

House Bill 1065: Various provisions concerning firearms House Bill (HB) 1065 prohibits a business or governmental entity from adopting or enforcing a policy that restricts a licensed gun owner from possessing their firearm in their locked vehicle on the property of the business or governmental entity.

Certain places of business or government were granted exceptions under the bill such as schools, child care facilities, shelter facilities and universities. Meaning, these places of business or governmental units could still maintain a policy prohibiting an individual from possessing their legal firearm in their locked vehicle.

Eleven other states protect the right of licensed gun owners in this manner.

Law abiding gun owners should not have their 2nd Amendment rights interfered with if they have complied with all of the requirements under federal and state law to legally own and carry a firearm.

The bill passed out of the House by a vote of 76-21. This bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

HB 1068: Access to handgun license information HB 1068 was a result of various newspapers across Indiana releasing a database of names and addresses of licensed gun owners in the state of Indiana. The bill would make identifying information relating to licensed gun owners confidential and not open to public inspection.

If licensed gun owners have been approved through all of the required background checks then they deserve to have their personal information kept private.

Second, making this information public could create unanticipated public safety issues. For example, criminals would be able to look up the addresses of residences in which a gun was located and steal that handgun to sell illegally.

Making this information available to the public could increase the chances of criminals being able to purposefully target homes where individuals didn't have a firearm.

The House of Representatives also passed HB 1068 by a vote of 85-11 and it now moves to the Senate for consideration.

I plan to continue protecting Hoosiers and their rights they deserve.

As session progresses, you may keep up on what is happening by visiting the Indiana General Assembly's Web site: www.in.gov/legislative. There you will find calendars, legislation, committee schedules and a wealth of other information. You can watch live video of the House and Senate and some committee meetings and view archived video.