Indiana restricts charitable bail and constitutional carry begins Friday
South Bend, Ind. -- We’re just a day away from many new laws going into effect in Indiana.
One of those laws lifts a requirement to have a permit to carry a handgun.
It’s created a divide between state lawmakers with one debate on the senate floor lasting three hours earlier this year.
The bill says that you are allowed to carry a handgun without a permit, but that doesn’t mean everyone is allowed to have a handgun
Those who can’t own a gun include people who are convicted of domestic violence, state and federal offenses punishable by more than a year and those under eighteen.
There will still be background checks when purchasing from a federal firearm licensed dealer.
With a recent Bipartisan Bill signed by President Biden there will be a more in-depth background check for those under twenty-one.
But, if a gun is purchased from someone that is not a federal firearm licensed dealer. People can carry in public without a background check.
Many law enforcement agencies across Indiana also say they are against house bill 12-96, because it will be difficult to tell if someone is allowed to have a handgun or not.
One prevents organizations from bailing more than three people out of jail in a one-hundred and eighty-day period
Some believe the law was aimed at The Bail Project, which worked with the ACLU of Indiana to file a legal challenge that didn’t hold up.
The lawsuit claimed that what the bail project was doing was protected under the first Amendment, but on Wednesday a judge struck down the lawsuit saying the project impedes on other people’s first Amendment rights to safety.
Indiana attorney general Todd Rokita says that rights are only good until they impede on other people’s rights.
Basically, the law restricts who can be bailed out of jail.
This includes those that were charged for a violent crime and a felon who has a history of violent crimes.
The law also says that no more than three people can be bailed out in a span of one-hundred and eighty days.
A bill was drafted when three people who got bailed out by the group went on to commit alleged violent crimes including murder and stabbing two police officers.
The Bail Project argues that those people were not part of the majority.
It has bailed out hundreds of other clients before their trials.
This law and many others officially go into effect on Friday.