Indiana lawmakers use 'strip and replace' to change CBD oil bill to loosen gun restrictions

Posted at 1:46 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 15:08:15-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Indiana legislature bills related to guns that were previously thought dead could be brought back if some state lawmakers get their way. 

In a conference committee meeting Monday morning, Republican lawmakers used a procedure known as "strip and replace" to change a bill that originally dealt with the regulation of CBD oil. The text in the bill, HB 1214, was changed to focus on gun legislation.

The new bill (also known as HB 1214) would make all handgun permits good for the life of the gun owner, instead of the four-year license. It would also make the permits free. The bill would also allow those with permits to carry guns in churches, unless that church had a gun ban. 

Both of those are similar to other bills already discussed in this year's legislative session. 

Lastly, the new bill would also expand who would not be allowed to carry, including some drug offenders and people convicted of domestic violence.

If passed, the bill would take effect in 2019. 

The meeting was standing-room only, filled with both supporters and opponents. Watch lawmakers discuss the bill at the meeting in the video below. 

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