Indiana state representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is sponsoring legislation that will remove the requirement for a concealed carry permit in order to carry a gun for self-defense.The legislation would make Indiana the 13th permitless carry state. According to CBS 4, Lucas contends it is “immoral” to require law-abiding citizens to get a concealed carry permit before being allowed to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Moreover, he equates a permit requirement with criminality on the part of the state because it “[forces] an innocent person to jump through hoops and pay money to the state to prove their innocence and exercise a constitutional right.” Permitless carry already exists in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia. There are certain parts of Arkansas and Montana where a permit is required, but the vast portion of both states–99.4 percent, according to Gun Owners of America–is permitless. The state of Indiana looks to becoming more free and safer, with this Indiana will likely see a large decrease in it's violent crime rate...Since criminals will now know citizens will be packing. This is how gun ownership in America should of always been in the first place, since the 2nd Amendment is your right to bear arms. Permitless carry could decrease the violent crime rate across America, because permitless carry alone will keep criminals on their toes. However this is a victory for gun ownership, and we shouldn't be surprised if countless other states join in on the nationwide permitless carry law.