Indiana and Alabama Join States That Allow Residents to Carry Handguns Concealed Without a Permit

Earlier this month, Ohio became the 23rd state to allow law-abiding residents to carry handguns concealed without a permit, which is referred to as Constitutional Carry. Gun-rights advocates want citizens in all states to be able to buy and carry guns concealed without government permission. They also want to carry their guns across all state lines.

Indiana joined these states to allow residents over 18 to carry handguns concealed without a permit, effective July 1.

“The Second Amendment has been debated for years, yet time and again our U.S. Supreme Court has reaffirmed this important constitutional right that I fully support,” Governor Eric Holcomb said. “Twenty-three other states have laws comparable to HEA 1296. Vermont has had a constitutional carry law in place since it became a state, and several other states have had a similar law for more than a decade.”

Gov. Holcomb emphasized that the new law applies to law-abiding residents.

“Firearm permits will remain available, without fee, to anyone who wants or needs one, such as Hoosiers desiring to carry a firearm to, through or in another state that has reciprocity with Indiana.”

Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a similar bill into law earlier this month.

“Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law-abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” she said in a statement. “I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do that again today.”

Twenty-four states (PDF) allow residents to carry handguns concealed without a permit.

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