From: Indiana Moms Against Gun Control
Well the deadline is fast approaching. There are likely only 5, perhaps 6, hearing days remaining for Indiana’s “part-time” legislature. Today the committee approved one of Rep Dermody’s pet bills, a compromise on other legislative measures allowing some Sunday alcohol sales. Tomorrow there is another hearing for 1 bill, but its sole focus is on various gaming matters. This bill is one which does appear to have a fairly strong fiscal impact; negative fiscal impact – costing the state several million dollars. (These are HB1624 and HB1540, respectively – for any who are interested; but as they are NOT part of our cause, so I am not adding links).
Why do we need you to call Dermody (800-382-9841 or 317-232-9850 -- firstname.lastname@example.org )? Why call Bosma 800-382-9841 or 317-232-9677 -- email@example.com )?
Because – in the meantime – Sitting in the House Public Policy Committee are the following bills:
HB 1143 – “Possession of Firearms on State Property” – SUPPORT THIS – removes restriction on state property; including “rules” by state sponsored agencies (universities). This is one of the “PREMIER” bills
HB1144 – “Handgun License Repeal” – SUPPORT THIS – removes conflicts of state law vs. state constitution and provides true “constitutional carry”; amended version retains LTCH as OPTION under current guidelines for sake of reciprocity for Hoosiers. – This is the other “PREMIER” bill.
Other (mostly good, 1 not) bills in this committee are:
HB 1107 – “Handgun training & Reciprocity License” – OPPOSE – While I see the “intended purpose”; this one falls into the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” category. We are GAINING more reciprocity now (34 states with Ohio this year); this could just as easily cause other states where we have existing reciprocity to pull it for those without the ‘endorsement’. NO; this one is opposed.
HB 1244 – “Firearms on Business Premises” – Protects business owners from liability for NOT restricting law abiding carry of firearms. We SUPPORT this one (and a similar bill, SB 107 was in the judiciary committee, where it also appears it will not heard; and it is that committee chairman’s own legislation).
HB 1494 – “Firearm ownership and Medical Records” – SUPPORT – Protects gun owners from intrusive questions by Doctors, as from the ACA and promoted by certain physician groups.
HB 1633 – “Indiana Firearms Freedom Act” – SUPPORT – Firearms made and retained lawfully within the state are not subject to Federal Regulations.
HB 1634 – “Regulation of Knives by Political Subdivisions” – SUPPORT – This is State pre-emption of local knife ordinance, similar to state pre-emption of firearms ordinances.
It is also entirely likely (but I have not seen it yet to confirm) that SB 433 “SHOTGUNS”, will end up in Chairman Dermody’s Committee following the session break. We’ve written about and it has been passed by the State Senate. It does not sit well with me that this could be derailed by the Chairman of this committee.
Still there is time to act. I have called (again!) today to speak to an aid, since I was only able to leave a voice message yesterday. I was hoping to gather some information, to better determine the number of calls and letters he has received. CALL NOW, WRITE NOW to get these bills heard. Do you know who we refer to when we say “MdA” or “Mrs.Watts” – THERE ARE PEOPLE, PRO 2A PEOPLE out there – that do NOT know this. Surprising as it is to the enlightened – it is true. Each of you has the power to help make a difference. It is up to you who are informed. We are a small but potent group.
This is why I do this – because we MUST train ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors. No one else can do it. In a republic, while the rights of the individual are paramount; the individual also has a responsibility to the whole. In this case – to help educate, train and mold the next generation. I do this because when my grandsons ask: “What did you do to protect our freedom” – I want to be sure I can say with a clear answer => “ALL THAT I COULD!” Is it enough? I do not know – I suppose only THEIR grandchildren will be able to answer that, and even then – ONLY IF – we and they – do this right.
Thank you for all your support. Please Write and/or Call.
Links to several related prior posts and legislation
Letter to Dermody and Bosma
Write-up info on HB 1143
Link to House PP Committee (all bills can be found there)
Write-up / Sample Letter on SB 433
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