How to get a gun safely in Indiana

ARCHIVE | The U.S. Justice Department on Monday ordered Indiana to stop requiring its residents to undergo background checks for gun purchases.

The department also ordered the state to make it easier for gun dealers to transfer a firearm to an individual who is not a licensed dealer.

In a statement, the DOJ said the order was aimed at preventing “potential gun violence.”

It was also aimed at “keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and the mentally ill.”

The order, issued Monday, comes a week after the Indiana legislature voted to eliminate a requirement that residents undergo a background check for private gun purchases, a move supported by the National Rifle Association.

The order comes amid heightened national scrutiny over the nation’s gun laws and the deaths of 20 people at a church in South Carolina.

More than 100 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in gun violence in 2016, with more than 1,400 deaths attributed to gun violence.

Indiana Gov.

Eric Holcomb, who is leading the push for a federal investigation into gun violence, has said he will veto the state’s proposed gun safety measure if it goes through.

The Indiana Legislature has not taken up the state-by-state proposal.

Indiana’s law requires background checks to be done on anyone buying a gun, including those who have been denied a gun purchase in the past, and requires that a licensed gun dealer be notified if a person seeks to buy a firearm.