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dnr handgun rules

Discussion in 'Indiana Glockers' started by ralphb72, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. ralphb72


    Nov 17, 2006
    I saw some talk about these meetings on here, the great thing is that if you can't make it, you can email you thoughts or mail them in etc. They are discussing making the new handgun rules permenant to have Licensed handguns for protection while hunting and also on DNR Property.

    Rules can be seen there is a link towards the bottom.

    In case you can't see the first link :
    Written comments can be sent to:

    Hearing Officer
    Natural Resources Commission
    402 W. Washington Street, W272
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Comments can also be e-mailed to:

    Written comments must be received no later than Friday, May 18.

    I commented that yes any and all restrictions against anyone licensed to carry a handgun carrying while hunting should be removed permenantly. Also the restrictions for carrying on DNR property.

    Please take a moment to send in your own comments. Thank you...Ralph
  2. rhino465


    Sep 24, 2003
    Indiana, USA
    Thank you for the reminder!

  3. txgho1911


    Jan 1, 2006
    Notice from our good friend D. S. in the mid part of the state about the DNR meeting concerning making permanent the rule to allow the carrying of firearms on state owned property and state parks.

    The hearings will be held at 6 p.m. (EDT) at the following locations:

    1) Tuesday, May 15, at the Patio Building at the Miami County
    Fairgrounds located at 1029 W. 200 N. in Peru (Miami County)

    2) Wednesday, May 16, at Spring Mill State Park in the Lakeview Room;
    6666 Hwy 60 East in Mitchell (Lawrence County)

    Specifically, the changes would permanently allow individuals with
    handgun licenses for personal protection to carry a handgun on DNR
    properties. The other changes involve hunting activities on both private
    and public land. Those with handgun licenses for personal protection
    would continue to be able to carry such firearms when hunting wild
    turkeys or when hunting deer with a bow and arrow. Similarly, properly
    licensed individuals would also be able to continue to carry a handgun
    when running dogs for opossums and raccoons during the chasing season.
    Previously, DNR rules prohibited carrying licensed handguns in these
    instances. These proposals allow a means of personal protection while
    hunting or visiting a DNR property.
  4. rhino465


    Sep 24, 2003
    Indiana, USA
    I attended the NRC public meeting at Spring Mill Park
    near Mitchell, Indiana last night. It was a long drive for me, but I
    am very glad we attended.

    The NRC representative, Sandra Jensen, opened the meeting with a
    brief summary on the current DNR Administrative and Hunting
    regulations, including the current emergency/temporary order
    implemented by former DNR Director Kyle Hupfer in Sept. of 2006. The
    purpose of the meeting was to get input on the NRC making the new
    rules permanent.

    There were about 16 people in attendance, and each of us got to speak
    as many times as we wished. Everyone spoke at least once (I was one
    of the chatty cathies who took the opportunity to speak more than

    Of those in attendance, only one was opposed to make the rules
    changes permanent with respect to DNR allowing lawful carry of
    handguns in state parks. The fellow who did so claimed to be a
    former director of the parks services. During his often
    condescending (and obviously prepared) statement, he asserted that
    allowing people to carry handguns in the parks would somehow make
    them more dangerous, explicitly suggesting that "encounters" would
    occur. He also claimed that the parks are safe and they no
    one "needs" to carry handgun there, and if they're so dangerous,
    people need to be warned and the parks closed. He also stated that
    law enforcement agreed with him.

    Needless to say, it was tough listening to that drivel, but everyone
    in the room was very polite and allowed him to speak. One other
    fellow gave a rebuttal and started by saying he respected the guy's
    opinion, but then proceeded to shred the guy's fantasies with some
    actual facts and logic.

    I was impressed with the eloquence and clarity of the statements made
    by everyone in the room. In addition to being in a crowd that was
    actually in agreement with us for once, I was also able to make some
    good contacts with some Bloomington Residents and also with one of
    the guys who runs the Indiana State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. (which is
    the NRA affiliate of Indiana). I think we may collaborate with ISRPA
    on our legislative agenda in the future, which will be a very good
    thing for all concerned.

    Overall, things are looking good for us with respect to the DNR
    handgun rules becoming permanent, but let's not forget the NRC are
    bureaucrats, and we need to all express our opinions to them in
    writing or via e-mail, especially if you were unable to attend either
    of the meetings.
  5. KSFreeman

    KSFreeman Broken Member

    Jul 10, 2001
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Joe, thanks for attending! Too bad DNR did not hold them on the weekend.
  6. FThorn

    FThorn TV/Movie Club

    Apr 30, 2004
    Let me say that even when it was prohibited, I know many people carried, and I even spotted a few. (and reported here)
  7. rhino465


    Sep 24, 2003
    Indiana, USA
    It was my honor to represent our august body!

    Actually, it was a distinct pleasure to finally attend a public meeting where the default (i.e. making the changes permanent) is in agreement with our position. We still need to be vigilant, but when the uphill battle is a bit more level, it feels a lot better.

    And rightly so, in my opinion. I alluded to this with the DNR representative (not the NRC rep) after the formal meeting, and she certainly did not disagree with me. I think we have many allies within the Dept. of Natural Resources, whether by coincidence or just because their seems to be some people there with some common sense and an understanding that facts and logic do matter.
  8. bradp


    Oct 19, 2000
    Did you have one of those dolls when you were a girl? :animlol: Oh yeah, thanks for going Joe.
  9. rhino465


    Sep 24, 2003
    Indiana, USA
    I didn't, but maybe I should have had one!