Indiana is the first state in the nation to offer residents lifetime handgun permits under a new law that went into effect this month — a move hailed by Second Amendment supporters and blasted by gun-control advocates.

“This is a day we are very proud of,” said [State Rep. Troy A.] Woodruff. “We are looking out for the law-abiding citizens of Indiana. If they follow the law, they shouldn’t have to go through the hassle of renewing a permit every four years.”

Right now you may have the image of gun-toting rednecks with a unfettered license to carry weapons well into senility. If not, I do. Sure the law increases the cost of getting or renewing the four-year license and is supposed to bring in more money to Indiana and our state police, but you know what?

I want a little hassle for gun owners.

I have a hassle to renew my driver’s license and though we’ve lengthened the time between having to renew our driving licences, we certainly won’t be letting our citizens get a once and for all license to drive.

A background check isn’t enough. Gun-safety training should be mandatory. People should have to periodically re-qualify and prove their proficiency with firearms. I don’t care who has guns, just don’t be crazy, don’t be criminal, and I’d like periodic checks to make sure you ain’t gone crazy.

Plus, we ought to make Chris Rock’s advice into law and charge $5000 for a bullet.

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