You may have recently read some so-called "news" reports that there is a new law in
In 2011, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a decision which created a controversial exception to well-established and fundamental laws of self-defense. Specifically, the court ruled that a citizen is never justified in using defensive force to prevent an unlawful entry into a home by a law enforcement officer.
Predictably, the Court’s ruling prompted widespread outrage across
NRA was sent various draft bills to review, and we suggested the legislature simply reassert prior law, which had obviously worked well and without controversy for both law enforcement officers and the good people of
Legally speaking, the intent and effects of this law are simple and unremarkable. SB 1 merely reinstates a body of common law that has existed for hundreds of years, aspects of which were actually codified by the
SB 1 does not create any new authority for use of force against anyone, including and especially law enforcement officers.
In fact, SB 1 was endorsed by
During a hearing on SB 1, an attorney representing the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police put it best when he plainly stated that the bill actually provides more legal protection for law enforcement officers than was present in
Most importantly, however, SB 1 does not change the fact that anyone who uses force against a law enforcement officer who is lawfully engaged in his or her duties can expect that force will be met with force and that he or she will end up in prison or much worse. In such an instance, that person will receive no sympathy from the NRA or the law-abiding citizens of