Legislative Employees Can Carry Handguns In Statehouse

As Indiana lawmakers prepare to return to the Statehouse in January for the upcoming legislative session, the leadership is prepping for the potential influx of more handguns.

Lawmakers approved a bill this past spring that allows House and Senate staff, along with workers at the Legislative Services Agency and the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission, to bring firearms into the Statehouse, if they have a permit.

Supporters of the law saw it as a way to keep legislative employees safe at night, following reports of a few shooting incidents near the Statehouse. However, opponents are worried about the concept of allowing guns in any workplace, where sometimes uncomfortable conversations are necessary and tensions can run high.