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June 20, 2015 -- A law to remove the government prohibition on manufacturing and owning short-barreled shotguns will become effective July 1 in Indiana.

Only manufactured sawed off shotguns will be legal. Shotguns 'sawed off' by owners may result in a ten-year prison sentence.

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It will soon be legal to manufacture, sell or own a short-barreled shotgun -- sometimes called a sawed-off shotgun -- in Indiana.

The General Assembly approved a bill earlier this year to bring state law in line with federal regulations.

State Sen. Jim Tomes, R-District 49, says the law puts short-barreled shotguns, or those less than 18 inches in length, back into a category of firearms that require background checks and permits from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The law also includes at 10-year sentence enhancement for possessing a sawed-off shotgun while committing certain offenses.

"You can saw off the barrel but you'll spend 10 years in a federal penitentiary doing that. These guns are manufactured by licensed manufacturers and they're under heavy regulations," Tomes said.

The latest information from the state’s legislative services agency shows one person was convicted and sentenced to prison in Indiana for possessing a sawed-off shotgun between 2012 and 2014.

The new law goes into effect July 1.

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