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Indiana Firearms Freedom Act

And now for some good news.

Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse is set to introduce Senate Bill No. 130, also known as the Indiana Firearms Freedom Act, on January 7 in the State Senate. This bill is a version of the same law that has been passed in several other states (Montana being the first).

Here is the synopsis of the bill:

Indiana firearms freedom act. Provides that a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that: (1) is manufactured commercially or privately in Indiana from basic materials; (2) can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state; and (3) remains within the borders of Indiana; is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

You can read the entire bill here.

Firearms Freedom Act

As mentioned, the Firearms Freedom Act (FFA) is not unique to Indiana. At the time of writing, it has actually been passed into law in eight states, and has been introduced in a number of others. The FFA declares that any firearms made and retained in state are beyond the authority of Congress under its Constitutional power to regulate commerce among the states. This is also known as the Commerce Clause, which states that Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce, not intrastate commerce.

The FFA is a Tenth Amendment challenge to the Commerce Clause, meaning that because the power is not expressly given to Congress, the power is reserved to the State and the people.

[blockquote cite=”Tenth Amendment, United States Constitution”]The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.[/blockquote]

Hopefully Indiana will soon become the ninth state to pass the Firearms Freedom Act.

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27 Responses to Indiana Firearms Freedom Act

  1. David Lee January 4, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    I hope my state of residence (Texas) follows my birth state (Indiana).

  2. GodnGunz January 4, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    I live in PA. I’m screwed.

    • Kirk B January 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

      You think your screwed I am born and raised in the socialist republic of Maryland.

      • Jeff January 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

        Commonwealth of Massachusetts… Guns? Sure, if you wanna spend half your life getting licensed… Auto knives? Nope… Can I at least have a Taser C2? Tshh, not gonna happen.


    • amistoso January 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm #


  3. Andy C January 4, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Born and Raised in Indiana. Still live in Indiana. Glad to see someone standing up for our rights.

  4. William January 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    It nice to see a sensible bill submitted that is in a single paragraph instead of three pages of jibberish.
    Born a Virginian Navy brat and got to Texas as soon as I could!

  5. Rodney Eslinger January 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Brandon, you stated in the article that they would be the 9th to pass it, what other states of passed this already?

  6. rusty075 January 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    That’s brilliant. It works on so many levels: supports local businesses, encourages new design and development in firearms (lots of little companies trying to make new stuff to get noticed, as opposed to a handful of big corporations), AND keeps the feds out of things. How have I never heard of this before?!?

    It will be interesting to see if any FFL holders in those states would be willing use the FFA to sell firearms that are prohibited under federal rules and run the risk of the BATFE kicking in their doors though. Until the courts get done with this I imagine most of them are taking a wait-and-see approach. Might be years until we see this actually be used.

  7. 100atr January 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    This is nice for local manufacture, but how does it apply to our current problems in congress?

    • Brandon January 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Well for starters, it’s another avenue that sends a message to Washington. I think it’s a shot across the bow that if they try any confiscation nonsense, some states won’t go along with it. I think it’s a win all around. My .02.

  8. Obscura January 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I just sent State Senator Dan Patrick this URL asking him to re-introduce the Firearms Freedom Act in Texas. It’s one more reason to get that LaRue rifle I’ve always wanted.

  9. sarahb January 4, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    I’ve got ya’ll beat. Born and raised in Illinois where we can’t have anything. Oh, I can carry as long as I don’t cross the border of my own yard. Leave it and we’re walking targets. But you can bet our politicians have armed guards… I’m not bitter, though. Just planning on a move out of this state ASAP 🙂

  10. dub January 5, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    I like the idea behind this but it seems very specific as far as “…can be manufactured without the inclusion of any significant parts imported from another state…”. What constitutes a significant part? I know of a couple of black rifle manufacturers here in Kentucky but I’m not sure if they produce all of the parts in house.

    • Brad January 10, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      If you google Indiana general assy SB0130 you can read the 2 page bil. Basically, springs, screws etc

  11. BillBeans January 13, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    This is excellent news.. I live in Indiana and have been putting up the good fight for us gun-rights folks. Spending countless hours on liberal boards to debate against the gun-control initiative. Sent several letters to congress/whitehouse. Joined the NRA and GOA (first time subscriptions).

    Reading this just fires me up more – go Indiana!! Looks like I have some more letters to write to encourage passing this bill…

  12. Rebecca January 17, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Way to go Indian Great stuff!

  13. Melissa January 18, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    This law does not go nearly far enough. Such a law would affect only a tiny number of guns in Indiana. Other states are creating new laws that simply state any federal restrictions on firearms or registration of such is unconstitutional and will be unenforceable within their state. Wyoming has a good one: “The new bill expands to any gun owned in Wyoming and any gun regulation handed down that has to do with banning automatic rifles, banning magazines or gun registration will not apply to any gun, so long as they stay in Wyoming.”

    • Brandon January 18, 2013 at 10:21 am #

      I completely agree, but it’s a step in the right direction.