As, student newspapers. A recent edition of the Purdue Exponent featured an article which was essentially a “pro-gun control” piece. Instead of fisking the article in the open on the blog, I decided to write an email to the author of the piece. The original article is at this link, I’ll let you know if I get a response.
Update: The Exponent published this piece today, which is essentially a counter-point to the original Op-ed to which I linked. There is one part that’s sort of incorrect, which I’ve copied below.
Due to the law requiring a carry permit to have a handgun on your person for any amount of time, however, it is technically illegal to take one home from a gun retailer before first acquiring a carry permit.
The law states as follows:
Sec. 1. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) and section 2 of this chapter, a person shall not carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about the person’s body, except in the person’s dwelling, on the person’s property or fixed place of business, without a license issued under this chapter being in the person’s possession.
But includes under the exceptions this section:
(11) any person while carrying a handgun unloaded and in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase to his dwelling or fixed place of business, or to a place of repair or back to his dwelling or fixed place of business, or in moving from one dwelling or business to another. (emphasis mine)
So it is quite legal to buy a handgun at a gun store, and carry in the secure wrapper back to your house/apartment; however if you want to actually take it to the range, you should have a carry permit.
The only other troubling piece of the second op-ed are the quotes by the West Lafayette Chief of Police, who comes off as a rather anti-gun administrator, who is just looking to deny permits. I know I have some Boilermaker readers, and I was wondering if any of you had experience with trying to get a permit through the West Lafayette PD.