State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne
State Reps. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, and Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, have co-sponsored a bill, passed out of the House last week with an 82-8 vote, that aligns Indiana law in accordance to federal law permitting licensed, Hoosier gun dealers to sell firearms to customers nationwide.
Senate Bill (SB) 94 "defends our Second Amendment right and spurs economic development by removing sales barriers in the firearms marketplace,” said Lehman in a news release.
Current firearm laws limit Indiana firearm dealers to only sell firearms to individuals who reside in the neighboring states of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. This legislation brings Indiana state law in line with federal firearm laws and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
If adopted into law, SB 94 will allow firearm dealers to sell to residents of any state so long as the purchaser buys the gun in person and the sale meets legal conditions in both states under federal and state law. This legislation will open firearm sales to residents of any state who want to purchase a firearm from a dealer in Indiana.
“We want to proactively protect Hoosiers’ right to bear arms and give them the flexibility to buy guns in states other than Indiana,” Eberhart said in the news release. “This legislation expands Indiana’s ability to sell firearms to a resident in any state, but it also holds those individuals accountable who intentionally attempt to manipulate the system.”
Violators who knowingly present false identification or false information at purchase will be committing a Class C felony. The penalty for committing a Class C felony carries a conviction of a fixed term between two and eight years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Other crimes punishable as Class C felonies include cocaine possession and intimidation with a deadly weapon.
If signed into law, this legislation will be effective July 1, 2011.