2012 Indiana General Assembly

Senate approves 'state rifle' designation for historic gun

2012-02-21T17:15:00Z Senate approves 'state rifle' designation for historic gunBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 21, 2012 5:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana is one step closer toward having an official state gun.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 48-2 Tuesday to designate the "Grouseland Rifle" the official rifle of Indiana.

The 5-foot-long rifle featuring silver and brass inlay on its stock and barrel was made between 1803 and 1812 by John Small of the southwest Indiana city of Vincennes.

The rifle is on display at Grouseland, the Vincennes home of William Henry Harrison when he was governor of Indiana Territory.

Grouseland would be permitted to sell replicas of the state gun if the Republican-controlled House approves the designation in House Bill 1283.

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