TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - With the recent shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado and the shoot out in Rosedale, Indiana, many people are calling for stricter gun regulations.
However, some state politicians are hesitant to propose legislation that could infringe upon second amendment rights.
Some people want tougher laws to prevent weapons from getting into the wrong hands. However, many representatives disagree.
"Those types of people are going to do their evil regardless of what the laws are or regardless of how strong the laws may be," said Republican representative Bruce Borders.
"I think it's tragic that we have to go to this point of limiting people's access to weapons because of a few individuals out there that are mentally ill," said Democrat representative Clyde Kersey.
Indiana law states you do not need a permit to purchase a gun. Legal firearms also do not require registration.
A firearm license can be issued to anyone except a convicted felon, anyone with a suspended license or someone underage. Underage individuals can only get a firearm from a parent or guardian.
A license is not required for having a firearm on one's property, or on the property of someone who has given permission.
Other restrictions include it is illegal to carry a firearm on school grounds, on private property and into government buildings.
It is also illegal to sell or give a gun to an individual who the seller believes to be a felon, or under the influence of drugs.
Other than that, very few rules apply, especially for non-handguns. This includes shotguns and assault weapons.
Officials said that follows the constitution.
"I think people should have the right to keep and bear arms. It's guaranteed by the second amendment," said Kersey.
"Our right to bear arms is not just so we can go squirrel hunting," said Borders, "it's so we don't become hunted by those that would see our freedoms from us."
The big question is what should be done?
"I think the key is to make sure that number one, that we do enforce the laws properly that we do have in place," said Borders, "but even beyond that, when we do have bad players in the ball game, that they're actually dealt with."
Most gun laws are done on a state and federal level. Very few laws are issued by local governments.
One of the biggest challenges legislatures face to passing gun legislation is a strong backing by gun lobbyists.
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