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19 total bills, 4 anti-gun bills,
1 pro-gun bills for this session
Proposed Indiana Firearm Legislation

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note: Indiana does not carry over legislation from session to session

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HB1028

Title: Firearm training for teachers.

Description: Firearm training for teachers. Creates a specialized firearms safety, education, and training curriculum (curriculum) for teachers, school staff members, and school employees. Specifies curriculum requirements. Authorizes funds from the: (1) Indiana safe schools fund; (2) Indiana secured schools fund; and (3) school corporation and charter school safety advance program; to be used for the purpose of providing specialized firearms instruction to certain teachers, school staff members, and school employees. Requires a charter school, nonpublic school, or school corporation to ensure that a teacher, school staff member, or school employee who receives a grant from the Indiana safe schools fund for the purpose of receiving specialized firearms instruction complies with certain requirements. Provides that the identity of any person who: (1) enrolls in; (2) participates in; or (3) completes; the curriculum is confidential. Provides that a public school or an accredited nonpublic school may not conduct a training or drill for an employee of the school that includes, as any part of the training or drill, the expelling of any type of projectile at the employee unless: (1) the school informs the employee of the use of projectiles in the training or drill; and (2) the employee consents, in writing, to the use of projectiles during the training or drill. Provides that a public school or an accredited nonpublic school may not conduct or approve a training or a drill for a student of the school that includes, as any part of the training or drill, the expelling of any type of projectile. Authorizes a qualified retired law enforcement officer to carry or possess a firearm on school property. Makes conforming and technical amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Education

Last Action Date: January 16, 2020

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HB1029

Title: Secure firearms storage for dealers.

Description: Secure firearms storage for dealers. Defines the following terms as related to the secure storage of firearms: (1) "Firearm". (2) "Receiver". (3) "Securely store". Amends the statutory definition of "dealer" to include any person who holds himself or herself out as a buyer and seller of firearms on a regular and continuing basis. Requires a dealer to securely store any firearm in or on the premises of the dealer's fixed place of business during nonbusiness hours. Provides that a dealer who knowingly or intentionally fails to securely store a firearm located in or on the premises of the dealer's fixed place of business during nonbusiness hours commits a Class B infraction. Enhances the offense to a: (1) Class A infraction if the dealer has a prior unrelated adjudication for the offense; or (2) Class A misdemeanor if the dealer has two or more prior unrelated adjudications or convictions for the offense. Prohibits certain defenses. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Public Policy

Last Action Date: January 6, 2020

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HB1069

Title: Judicial officers and public safety officials.

Description: Judicial officers and public safety officials. Provides that a person commits battery on a public safety official if the offense is committed against a current or former public safety official: (1) while the official is engaged in the official's official duty; or (2) in retaliation for the official having engaged in the official's official duty. (Under current law, a person commits the offense only if the official is acting in the person's official duty.) Exempts a person who retires from judicial office after at least 20 years of service or because of a disability from the payment of the fee for a license to carry a handgun. Permits a former judicial officer to possess and use a handgun in the same locations as a judicial officer, and requires the supreme court to annually issue an identification card to a former judicial officer.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code

Last Action Date: January 6, 2020

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HB1132

Title: Criminal law matters.

Description: Criminal law matters. Requires the search warrant for a DNA sample to be executed not later than 60 days after the date of issuance. Requires a DNA sample to be returned to the court without unnecessary delay. Requires the: (1) defendant; (2) prosecuting attorney; and (3) court; to unanimously agree to the submission of a trial to the court. Requires a prosecuting attorney to consent to a defendant's waiver of trial by jury. Provides that the burden of proof for certain affirmative defenses is on the defendant. Specifies that the evidentiary standard for certain affirmative defenses is a preponderance of the evidence. Provides that the alteration or obliteration of certain markings on a firearm is a Level 5 felony. Provides that the possession of a firearm with altered or obliterated markings is a Level 5 felony. Requires a defendant to serve the sum of all executed time imposed under consecutive sentences before serving any suspended part imposed under consecutive sentences. Makes a technical correction. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code

Last Action Date: January 8, 2020

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HB1152

Title: False informing and red flag law orders.

Description: False informing and red flag law orders. Provides that a person who makes a false report that another person is dangerous, for purposes of seizure and retention of firearms proceedings, knowing the report or information to be false, commits false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. Enhances the penalty for false reporting under certain circumstances. Requires a law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency, and the clerk of the court to serve certain orders concerning a proceeding for the seizure and retention of a firearm on the individual who is the subject of the order.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code

Last Action Date: January 8, 2020

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HB1159

Title: Juvenile expungements and firearms matters.

Description: Juvenile expungements and firearms matters. Requires a juvenile court to transmit certain findings to the office of judicial administration for transmission to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) upon a finding of delinquency for an act that would be a serious violent felony if committed by an adult. Allows a court to consider the following factors when evaluating a petition to expunge certain juvenile adjudications: (1) Whether a person has been charged with or convicted of murder or another felony offense as an adult. (2) Whether a person has ever been waived to adult court for an offense. (3) Whether a person has ever received a nonsuspendable sentence as a juvenile. (4) Whether the person has been adjudicated a delinquent child for committing an act while armed with a firearm that would be a serious violent felony if committed by an adult. (5) Whether the person: (A) is currently suffering from a mental health issue; (B) has an ongoing or chronic mental health issue; (C) has received or is receiving treatment for a mental health issue; or (D) is complying with a treatment regimen recommended by a mental health professional, if applicable. Prohibits a court from expunging certain records in the absence of a petition requesting the expungement. Requires a court to transmit certain court orders to the office of judicial administration when granting a petition requesting the expungement of certain juvenile records. Provides that a person who: (1) has been adjudicated a delinquent child for the commission of an act while armed with a firearm that would be a serious violent felony if committed by an adult; (2) has not had the juvenile adjudication expunged; and (3) knowingly or intentionally possesses a firearm; commits unlawful possession of a firearm by a dangerous person, a Class A misdemeanor. Specifies that the offense is enhanced to a Level 4 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense. Provides that a person who has been adjudicated a delinquent child for committing an act while armed with a firearm that would be a serious violent felony if committed by an adult is not a proper person for the purpose of receiving a license to carry a handgun. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code

Last Action Date: January 8, 2020

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HB1211

Title: Constitutional carry of firearms.

Description: Constitutional carry of firearms. Allows a member of the: (1) general assembly; (2) general assembly's professional staff; or (3) lobby registration commission; to possess a handgun on the Indiana government center campus if the person is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm. Repeals the law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana. Provides that a nonresident of Indiana may carry a handgun in Indiana without possessing a license or permit to carry a handgun from the person's state of residence. Allows a person who wishes to carry a handgun in another state under a reciprocity agreement entered into by Indiana and another state to obtain a license to carry a handgun. Permits a person not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law to possess a firearm on any property that is: (1) affiliated with; (2) operated or managed by; (3) owned by; or (4) leased by; the department of natural resources. Makes a technical correction. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Public Policy

Last Action Date: January 16, 2020

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HB1259

Title: Firearms and medical facilities.

Description: Firearms and medical facilities. Defines the term "hospital". Provides that a hospital may prohibit the possession of a firearm on any premises leased, owned, licensed, or operated by the hospital for any purpose related to the: (1) administration of the hospital; or (2) providing of medical care. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally possesses a firearm in or on the premises of certain hospitals commits unlawful possession of a firearm on a restricted medical premises, a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that the offense is enhanced to a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense. Exempts certain persons from hospital prohibitions concerning the possession of a firearm. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Public Policy

Last Action Date: January 7, 2020

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HB1273

Title: Carrying firearms on school property.

Description: Carrying firearms on school property. Provides that a qualified retired law enforcement officer may possess a firearm on school property.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Public Policy

Last Action Date: January 14, 2020

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HB1297

Title: Surrender of firearms for domestic violence crimes.

Description: Surrender of firearms for domestic violence crimes. Provides that a person who: (1) has been convicted of a crime of domestic violence; and (2) knowingly or intentionally possesses a firearm; commits possession of a firearm by a domestic batterer, a Class A misdemeanor. Provides certain defenses. Requires a court to issue an order, upon entry of a judgment of conviction for a crime of domestic battery or a crime of domestic violence, that: (1) prohibits ownership or possession of a firearm until the defendant's right to possess a firearm is restored; and (2) requires the defendant to surrender: (A) any firearm owned or possessed by the defendant; and (B) any license or permit to carry a handgun (license); to a law enforcement agency or law enforcement officer with jurisdiction over the area where the defendant's offense occurred, where the defendant resides, or where the defendant plans to reside. Requires a court to order an appropriate law enforcement agency or law enforcement officer to seize, within 72 hours, any firearm or license owned or possessed by a defendant convicted of domestic battery or a crime of domestic violence. Provides that a person who knowingly or intentionally fails to surrender: (1) all firearms owned or possessed by the person; or (2) any license possessed by the person; after being convicted of domestic battery or a crime of domestic violence commits unlawful retention of a firearm or license by a domestic batterer, a Class A misdemeanor. Enhances the offense to a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for the offense. Provides certain defenses. Specifies how a confiscated firearm or valid license shall be: (1) returned to the rightful owner; or (2) disposed of; if a defendant's right to possess a firearm is restored. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code

Last Action Date: January 14, 2020

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HB1383

Title: Information concerning seizure of firearms.

Description: Information concerning seizure of firearms. Requires the office of judicial administration to collect, monitor, and publish certain statistics related to the confiscation and retention of firearms taken from dangerous individuals. Requires a court to provide certain information to the office of judicial administration after issuing a finding concerning a person's dangerousness. Defines certain terms.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code

Last Action Date: January 15, 2020

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HB1391

Title: Retired law enforcement officers and firearms.

Description: Retired law enforcement officers and firearms. Exempts certain law enforcement and retired law enforcement officers described in the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) from the prohibition against carrying a firearm on school property. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Education

Last Action Date: January 15, 2020

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SB0016

Title: Juvenile delinquents and firearms.

Description: Juvenile delinquents and firearms. Prohibits a person who has been adjudicated a delinquent child for committing an act while armed with a firearm that would be a serious violent felony if committed by an adult (serious delinquent) from possessing a firearm unless the person is at least: (1) 26 years of age, in the case of less serious acts; or (2) 28 years of age, in the case of more serious acts. Makes possession of a firearm by a serious delinquent a Level 6 felony, and increases the penalty to a Level 5 felony for a second or subsequent offense. Requires a juvenile court to transmit certain findings to the office of judicial administration for transmission to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) upon a finding of delinquency for an act that would be a serious violent felony if committed by an adult.

Last Action: Referred to the House

Last Action Date: January 15, 2020

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SB0029

Title: Storage of firearms.

Description: Storage of firearms. Prohibits a person from keeping or storing a firearm on any premises controlled by the person if one or more of the following conditions apply: (1) The person knows, or reasonably should know, that a child is likely to gain access to the firearm. (2) A permanent or temporary resident of the premises is disqualified, ineligible, or prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal or state law. (3) A permanent or temporary resident of the premises poses a risk of imminent personal injury to himself or herself or any other individual. Provides that a failure to secure a firearm that results in injury to, or the death of, another person is a Level 6 felony. Enhances the offense to a Level 5 felony if the person has a prior, unrelated conviction for the offense. Specifies certain defenses. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: Senator Ford J.D. added as coauthor

Last Action Date: January 6, 2020

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SB0069

Title: Possession of firearms on school property.

Description: Possession of firearms on school property. Exempts certain retired law enforcement officers described in the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) from the prohibition against carrying a firearm on school property. Makes conforming amendments.

Last Action: Referred to the House

Last Action Date: January 15, 2020

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SB0203

Title: Firearms.

Description: Firearms. Prohibits the: (1) sale; (2) trade; or (3) transfer; of a regulated weapon to a person less than 21 years of age. Provides that a dealer or person who knowingly or intentionally: (1) sells; (2) trades; or (3) transfers; a regulated weapon to a person less than 21 years of age commits a Level 6 felony. Provides certain defenses. Prohibits a person from possessing, selling, or offering for sale a magazine or similar device for a firearm with a capacity of more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Provides that a person who: (1) knowingly; or (2) intentionally; openly carries a prohibited weapon in a public place commits carrying a prohibited firearm, a Class A misdemeanor. Creates the crime of "unlawful possession of a multiburst trigger activator". Provides that the possession or sale of a multiburst trigger activator is a Class A misdemeanor. Provides that the crime of unlawful possession of a multiburst trigger activator is a Level 6 felony if the person has a prior, unrelated conviction for the offense.

Last Action: Senator Stoops added as coauthor

Last Action Date: January 16, 2020

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SB0245

Title: Possession of firearms.

Description: Possession of firearms. Creates a civil penalty for prohibiting or restricting certain persons from carrying a weapon on certain premises open to the public.

Last Action: First reading: referred to Committee on Judiciary

Last Action Date: January 9, 2020

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SB0263

Title: Handgun training for teachers.

Description: Handgun training for teachers. Provides that a school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school may use grant money received from the Indiana safe schools fund to pay for part or all of specialized weapons training for employees who are required to successfully complete or who request to attend the specialized weapons training. Establishes requirements for specialized weapons training. Provides that, before an employee or any other staff member of a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school may carry a firearm in or on school property as authorized by a school board of the school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school, the employee or staff member shall do the following: (1) Successfully complete certain specialized weapons training. (2) Provide proof to the school board that the employee or other staff member has successfully completed the specialized weapons training. (3) Complete the Minnesota multiphasic personality inventory 2 (MMPI-II) and provide proof of completion to the school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school. Requires an employee or any other staff member of a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school to successfully complete eight hours of weapons training each year that the employee or staff member intends to carry a firearm in or on school property. Requires that for a person or entity to provide specialized weapons training to certain employees and other staff members of a school corporation, charter school, or nonpublic school, the person or entity apply and receive approval from the secured school safety board. Provides that a public school or an accredited nonpublic school may not conduct a training or drill for an employee of the school that includes, as any part of the training or drill, the expelling of any type of projectile at the employee unless: (1) the school informs the employee of the use of projectiles in the training or drill; and (2) the employee consents, in writing, to the use of projectiles during the training or drill. Allows a school to barricade or block a door during an active shooter drill or during an active shooter emergency occurring in a school building.

Last Action: Senator Garten added as second author

Last Action Date: January 13, 2020

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SB0335

Title: Criminal law issues.

Description: Criminal law issues. Provides that, if certain criminal penalties are increased (or, in the case of an infraction, imposed) due to a prior conviction or infraction committed by a defendant, the new offense must have been committed not later than seven years from the latter of the date: (1) of the conviction or infraction judgment; or (2) the person was released from incarceration, probation, or parole. Excludes certain crimes and classes of crimes from the seven year lookback period. Specifies the duties of an operator of a boat who is involved in an accident or collision resulting in injury. Provides that an indigent defendant has the right to consult with and be represented by counsel at the initial hearing. Adds strangulation and domestic battery to the definition of "crimes of violence". Removes: (1) unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon; and (2) resisting law enforcement by fleeing; from the definition of "crimes of violence". Specifies that references to a conviction for Indiana offenses include: (1) an attempt to commit the offense; (2) a conspiracy to commit the offense; and (3) a substantially similar offense committed in another jurisdiction. Provides that credit earned by a person on pretrial home detention does not include accrued time. Specifies that the violation of a condition of home detention does not constitute the crime of escape. Makes it a crime to possess a firearm with an obliterated serial number (under current law, it is only a crime to possess a handgun with an obliterated serial number). Provides a defense to possession of "smokable hemp" if the hemp is carried in continuous transit from another state through Indiana to another state. Makes technical corrections.

Last Action: Senator Brown L added as second author

Last Action Date: January 14, 2020

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