Potential new bill would ease law on alcohol offenders obtaining gun permits

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INDIANAPOLIS (January 4, 2016) — Indiana lawmakers are going to consider a proposal that would lift the state’s restrictions on alcohol offenders obtaining handgun licenses.

The bill would change current law that prohibits someone deemed an alcohol abuser with certain alcohol-related convictions within three years from getting a handgun license.

Republican Sen. Jim Tomes (toms) of Wadesville tells The Indianapolis Star he’s sponsoring the bill because he doesn’t understand the connection between a drunken-driving conviction and having a handgun license. Tomes says the law is redundant because a felony DWI conviction would prohibit handgun possession under federal law.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says he’s worried about the proposal because alcohol often accompanies acts of violence.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider the bill next week.

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