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Representatives Hold Heated Debate Over Gun Licensing
Updated November 1, 2017 7:28 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - A heated debate took place Monday as state lawmakers discussed getting rid of requirements to carry a hand gun.

While the changes won't impact more than 815,000 people in Indiana who already have a license to carry a handgun, it would affect those trying to get a permit.

Lawmakers and the public packed the House of Representatives chambers to discuss gun laws and how people get gun permits. By a vote of 15-5, approved the summer committee report.

"Essentially, the report kind of strikes a middle ground that says we, to the extent that's possible, should get rid of some of those hurdles and make it a little easier for people to exercise their Second Amendment right," says State Sen. Rodrick Bray, a Republican from Martinsville.

Some of the problems listed include licensing fees and finger print frustrations.

"There's only 65 places in the state of Indiana that'll take electronic fingerprints. So, it's a little bit inconvenient if you live in a rural county," Bray added.

State Rep. Vanessa Summers, a Democrat from Indianapolis, is one of the lawmakers who voted against the report's approval saying it was a waste of time, saying the state needs to have licensing for guns.

Bray stressed the the debate is not over and the committee action Monday is nonbinding.

"There will be bills filed in January," he added. "With more debating to determine the best course of actions."

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