Indiana Senate approves bill making short-barrel shotguns legal

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2015) - A type of shotgun illegal in Indiana for decades is slowly becoming legal again. An Indiana Senate bill is looking to make the manufacturing, sale, and possession of a short-barrel shotgun legal. It passed out of the senate Tuesday with a vote of 44-6.

It’s a bill getting broad support, even from lawmakers in a city where gun crime has been constant.

“You take all the factors of movies media and people that are against guns in general and they think that these guns are worse than a regular firearm for some reason, which actually they’re not,” said Brian Ludlow, Owner of the Indy Trading Post.

It was gangster films and fear over organized crime that made short-barrel shotguns illegal in the 1930s. Ludlow is anxious to see Indiana move towards legalizing short-barrel shotguns again.  If made legal, not only will he be able to sell the shotguns to a whole new customer base, “We have our manufacturing license. We have to wait to renew our class 3 and we could actually manufacture them here,” he said.

Senate bill 433 aims to make manufacturing, selling, and possessing the guns, legal.

“I am a coauthor of the legislation, I do support it, and intend on voting for it,” said State Senator Brent Waltz (R – Indianapolis).

Waltz represents parts of Marion County, an area plagued by violent gun crime.  He co-authored the short-barrel shotgun bill and he’s also coauthoring major anti-crime legislation.

“The reason why it does not go against anti-crime legislation, is that no class 3 weapon has been used in a crime to the best of my knowledge in the 50 states in this country for the last 81 years that this legislation has been in existence federally,” he said.

No crime has been committed with a legally registered class 3 weapon.  The argument from opponents of the shotgun legislation is that problems arise when these guns fall into the wrong hands.

The bill will head to a house committee for further review.