House Bill 1068 would seal a public record, an act that almost never serves the public. The bill would make permits to carry handguns a private record, no longer open to the public. These are not “gun permits”; these are licenses that specifically allow people to carry handguns in public. Such permits are not necessary to carry rifles or shotguns, nor are they needed to have a handgun in your home.
The move comes after the Indianapolis Star and the Bloomington Herald-Times published information about gun permits. Notably, neither paper published the names and addresses of permit holders – the information the gun lobby says should be secret. The Star’s story, in fact, illustrated exactly why the permits should be a public record: It found numerous instances where the carry permits were wrongly issued to convicted felons or unwisely issued over the recommendations of local police chiefs and sheriffs.
Did you notice this part? "Notably, neither paper published the names and addresses of permit holders." I've yet to read a single instance of a pro gun blogger admitting he was wrong about this when so many of them copied the same misinformation from each other a few weeks ago and reported that indeed names and addresses were published.
I brought it up here and got 0 comments.
House Bill 1065 would require businesses to allow their employees to leave guns in their cars in employee parking lots. Consider that the same conservatives supporting this bill generally reject new regulations on business. Consider, too, that businesses have long had the right to control what kind of personal belongings employees are and are not allowed to bring to business property.
What could possibly be the rationale for something as obviously detrimental as this? Do these Indiana gun owners think they're driving through Mogadishu on the way to work? Are they being attacked at the red lights along the way? Is it a war zone?
Wouldn't the possibility of cars containing guns in the parking lot being broken into or stolen, far outweigh any benefit to the individual gun owners?
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