Citations Affected: IC 14-22; IC 35-47.
Synopsis: Preemption of local firearm regulation. Prohibits, with
certain exceptions, a political subdivision from regulating any matter
pertaining to firearms, ammunition, and firearm accessories. Allows a
person to file an action against a political subdivision if the person is
adversely affected by an ordinance, measure, enactment, rule, or policy
of the political subdivision that violates the law.
Effective: July 1, 2011.
January 6, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Corrections, Criminal, and
January 27, 2011, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
February 10, 2011, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
February 11, 2011, engrossed.
February 14, 2011, read third time, passed. Yeas 38, nays 12.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
criminal law and procedure.
AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2011]: Sec. 5.1. "Firearm accessory" means:
(1) any device specifically adapted to enable:
(A) the wearing or carrying about one's person; or
(B) the storage or mounting in or on any conveyance;
of a firearm; and
(2) any attachment or device specifically adapted to be inserted into or affixed onto any firearm to enable, alter, or improve the functioning or capabilities of the firearm.
exercise of proprietary authority of a political subdivision or of an
employee or agent of a political subdivision acting in an official
(1) enacted or undertaken before, on, or after June 30, 2011; and
(2) that pertains to or affects the matters listed in section 3 of this chapter;
Sec. 5. This chapter may not be construed to prevent:
(1) a law enforcement agency of a political subdivision from enacting and enforcing regulations pertaining to firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories issued to or used by law enforcement officers in the course of their official duties;
(2) subject to IC 34-28-7-2, an employer from regulating or prohibiting the employees of the employer from carrying firearms and ammunition in the course of the employee's official duties;
(3) a court or administrative law judge from hearing and resolving any case or controversy or issuing any opinion or order on a matter within the jurisdiction of the court or judge;
(4) the enactment or enforcement of generally applicable zoning or business ordinances that apply to firearms businesses to the same degree as other businesses. However, an ordinance that is designed or enforced to effectively restrict or prohibit the sale, purchase, transfer, manufacture, or display of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories that is otherwise lawful under the laws of this state is void. A unit (as defined in IC 36-1-2-23) may not use the unit's planning and zoning powers under IC 36-7-4 to prohibit the sale of firearms within a prescribed distance of any other type of commercial property or of school property or other educational property;
(5) the enactment or enforcement of a provision prohibiting or restricting the possession of a firearm in any building that contains the courtroom of a circuit, superior, city, town, or small claims court. However, if a portion of the building is occupied by a residential tenant or private business, any provision restricting or prohibiting the possession of a firearm does not apply to the portion of the building that is occupied by the residential tenant or private business, or to common areas of the building used by a residential tenant or private
(6) the enactment or enforcement of a provision prohibiting or restricting the intentional display of a firearm at a public meeting;
(7) the enactment or enforcement of a provision prohibiting or restricting the possession of a firearm in a public hospital corporation that contains a secure correctional health unit that is staffed by a law enforcement officer twenty-four (24) hours a day;
(8) the imposition of any restriction or condition placed on a person participating in:
(A) a community corrections program (IC 11-12-1);
(B) a forensic diversion program (IC 11-12-3.7); or
(C) a pretrial diversion program (IC 33-39-1);
(9) the enforcement or prosecution of the offense of criminal recklessness (IC 35-42-2-2) involving the use of a firearm; or
(10) the promoters or organizers of an event occurring on property leased from a political subdivision or municipal corporation from:
(A) establishing, at the promoter's or organizer's own discretion, rules of conduct or admission upon which attendance at or participation in an event is conditioned; or
(B) the implementation or enforcement of rules of conduct or admission in connection with the event by a political subdivision or municipal corporation;
(11) the enactment or enforcement of a provision prohibiting or restricting the possession of a firearm in a hospital established and operated under IC 16-22-2 or IC 16-23;
(12) a unit from using the unit's planing and zoning powers under IC 36-7-4 to prohibit the sale of firearms within two hundred (200) feet of a school by a person having a business that did not sell firearms within two hundred (200) feet of a school before April 1, 1994;
(13) a unit (as defined in IC 36-1-2-23) from enacting or enforcing a provision prohibiting or restricting the possession of a firearm in a building owned or administered by the unit if:
(A) metal detection devices are located at each public entrance to the building;
(B) each public entrance to the building is staffed by at least one (1) person:
present within the boundaries of the political subdivision
for any reason.
(2) The person is a membership organization that:
(A) includes two (2) or more individuals described in subdivision (1); and
(B) is dedicated in whole or in part to protecting the rights of persons who possess, own, or use firearms for competitive, sporting, defensive, or other lawful purposes.
Sec. 8. A prevailing plaintiff in an action under section 6 of this chapter is entitled to recover from the political subdivision the following:
(1) The greater of the following:
(A) Actual damages, including consequential damages.
(B) Liquidated damages of three (3) times the plaintiff's attorney's fees.
(2) Court costs (including fees).
(3) Reasonable attorney's fees.