INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 12, 2021) – Several “Constitutional Carry” bills filed for the 2021 legislative session would make it legal for Indiana residents to carry a firearm without a license, fostering an environment hostile to federal gun control.
Rep. Jim Lucas (R-69) prefiled House Bill 1034 (HB1034) along with three Republican cosponsors on Jan. 4. Under the proposed law, anyone who is legally allowed to own a gun could carry it concealed without a state-issued license. Indiana is a “shall-issue” state in which residents who are over the age of 21 can obtain a concealed carry permit after submitting an application and submitting their fingerprints.
Under the proposed law, all other states’ concealed licenses would be recognized. An Indiana resident could still get a permit in order to carry concealed in states that require them.
Three other bills to establish permitless carry in Indiana have also been filed.
EFFECT ON FEDERAL GUN CONTROL
While permitless carry bills do not directly affect federal gun control, the widespread passage of permitless conceal carry laws in states subtly undermines federal efforts to regulate guns. As we’ve seen with marijuana and industrial hemp, a federal regulation becomes ineffective when states ignore it and pass laws encouraging the prohibited activity anyway.
The federal government lacks the enforcement power necessary to maintain its ban, and people will willingly take on the small risk of federal sanctions if they know the state will not interfere. This increases when the state actively encourages “the market.”
Less restrictive state gun laws will likely have a similar impact on federal gun laws. It will make it that much more difficult for the feds to enforce any future federal gun control, and increase the likelihood that states with few limits will simply refuse to cooperate with federal enforcement efforts.
State actions such as passing HB1034 would lower barriers for those wanting to the option of defending themselves with firearms and encourages a “gun-friendly” environment that would make federal efforts to limit firearms that much more difficult.
All three bills have been referred to the Committee on Public Policy, where they will have to pass by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.
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