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Republican lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday to repeal Indiana’s requirement for a permit to carry a handgun in public.

The bill’s provisions allow anyone age 18 or older to carry a handgun in public unless they have a felony conviction, are facing a restraining order from a court, or have a dangerous mental illness.

The bill passed despite public opposition from the state police superintendent and some major law enforcement organizations. They argue that the bill will fuel an increase in violence and further endanger the lives of law enforcement officers.

But 2A Project Founder, Constitutional attorney, and licensed firearm instruction Guy Relford told WIBC’s Rob Kendall those concerns are not rooted in fact.

“Twenty-one other states allow residents to carry handguns without permits,” Relford told Kendall. “The data shows that attacks on police officers do not go up. Shootings of police officers do not go up. Murder and crime involving firearms do not go up.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk will have seven days to sign or veto once it reaches his desk. If Holcomb fails to sign the bill, it will become law without his signature.

Rob Kendall spoke extensively Wednesday morning with Guy Relford about the bill’s passage. Click below to listen.