State senator assigned to committee

State District 44 Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, will serve on the Joint Committee on Judiciary and Public Policy during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2018 session of the General Assembly.

The joint committee consists of members of the Senate Standing Committee on the Judiciary and members of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Public Policy.

The committee has been assigned to study several handgun-related topics including:

  • Repeal of the law that requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana.
  • The fiscal impact of a repeal of the handgun licensure law.
  • The issuance and use of reciprocity licenses.
  • Any persons who should be prohibited from possessing or carrying a handgun.
  • The rate in which handguns are used in suicides in Indiana.
  • The rate in which handguns are used in criminal acts in Indiana.
  • Reduction of firearms violence in Indiana, including requiring background checks to be conducted by all gun show vendors at gun shows in Indiana.
  • Increasing the number of law enforcement officers employed by local units of government in Indiana.

When Indiana’s part-time legislature is not in session, lawmakers serve on interim study committees that meet to review the state’s top issues as identified by the General Assembly during the prior legislative session.