For Some Gun Owners, It's a New Year

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posted on July 6, 2011
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In Indiana, new laws protect the identity of concealed-carry permittees, allow residents to carry handguns to ranges, gun shows and friends' homes without a permit and override local restrictions on gun use and ownership.

House Bill 1068, Indiana's Gun Permit Privacy Act, prohibits media outlets and members of the public from gaining access to Indiana's statewide database of gun-permit holders. It was drafted in response to the publishing of permit-holder information by the Bloomington Herald-Times and the Indianapolis Star in 2010.

Further,Indiana's Emergency Powers/Workplace Protection law protects the ability to own and lawfully use firearms for defense in a declared state of emergency, as well as the right to lock a lawfully owned firearm in a personal vehicle while at work without the fear of termination.

Under a new law effective July 1 in Nevada, persons who qualify for a permit to carry concealed may obtain a single permit to carry all types of semi-automatic firearms, rather than individual permits for each specific gun. Previous Nevada law required a new permit—and new paperwork—along with re-qualification to carry a new firearm.

A second new Nevada law allows non-residents to purchase shotguns and rifles in the Silver State.

Also on July 1, Wyoming joined Alaska, Arizona and Vermont by permitting citizens the unfettered right to carry concealed guns, commonly referred to as constitutional carry.

In addition, House Bill 167 amends and clarifies Wyoming's current Castle Doctrine law by defining habitation as "any structure which is designed or adapted for overnight accommodation; including, but not limited to, buildings, modular units, trailers, campers and tents," and home as "any occupied residential dwelling place."

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