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Planning on packin' while packing for NRA Indy 14?

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Readers planning on attending the NRA Annual Meetings, are you curious as to whether or not you may carry a firearm there? This column emailed NRA to find out.


Is carrying defensive handguns allowed or prohibited at the venue in Indy?

Open or concealed?


Liston Matthews

AM Response <>

to: Liston Matthews
date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Firearms Carry: During the 143rd NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits the carry of personal firearms will be permitted in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium with the proper license in accordance with Indiana law. When carrying your firearm, always adhere to all Federal, state and local laws.

Since the response did not address the open or concealed question, a little research was in order.

Indiana recognizes permits from all states, but if you are from Illinois, your FOID does not count as a carry permit. Inidiana's statute, like Tennessee's is silent on Open Carry. (NOTE: In a free society, that which is not prohibited, is allowed.)

Be aware, too, if you open carry, that sometimes police officers may target you for extra scrutiny, or . . . . and are both good resources for checking out gun laws.

Remember, too, to check out the laws of states you may be passing through to get to Indy.


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A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)

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