More opponents line up against Constitutional Carry.
Via the Associated Press
Several police organizations are arguing against a proposal that would have Indiana join a dozen other states that don't require a license to carry a handgun in public.
A legislative committee met Tuesday to begin reviewing the proposal that has failed the last two years in the Republican-dominated Legislature, but it could become a contentious topic during next year's session.
Law enforcement officials told the panel that they supported the current law under which Indiana State Police check people who want to legally carry a gun.
State police Maj. Mike White said a few thousand people a year are typically denied permits because they are prohibited for reasons including criminal history or mental health issues. He said removing the permit requirement could put police officers at greater risk.
"Any sort of vetting that we can do and assure that even that one person that shouldn't be carrying doesn't carry, that's what we need to do," White said.
Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour is pushing for repealing the gun permit law, saying that law-abiding people shouldn't have to get state permission to carry out their constitutional right to bear arms.
"We have the state that is forcing an innocent person to get online, apply for a license, go get fingerprinted," Lucas said. "They have to take a half day off work or a full day and pay a fee to the state to exercise a constitutional right."
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