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Question from Indianapolis Mayoral Debate on WISH-TV: Time to repeal permitless carry in Indiana?

Hogsett and Shreve: Permitless carry (reclip)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Democrat mayor of Indianapolis and a Republican hopeful for the job answered questions, many provided by WISH-TV viewers, during a live, hourlong debate aired Monday night.

Hogsett is seeking a third four-year term as mayor of Indianapolis. Shreve, a businessman who has previously served on the City-County Council, won the Republican primary in May.

Monday night’s presentation was the first one-hour televised debate in an Indianapolis mayoral campaign in nearly 20 years.

State lawmakers eliminated Indiana’s requirement for licenses to carry a handgun. Do the candidates believe permitless carry of handguns has made the crime situation better or worse in Indianapolis?

Hogsett says permitless carry has been “disastrous,” particularly for Indianapolis, and needs to be repealed. “Permitless carry has done really nothing more than put guns in the hands of the people who have absolutely no business possessing a handgun or any other type of weapon of that nature. And I want to be clear about that, because responsible gun owners have nothing to fear. It is those who are misusing the availability of guns that, I think, we need to focus our attention on.”

Shreve says he believes in the right of people to possess handguns. He supports bringing back a permit process to be able to have a firearm.