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Indiana: Victim Defense Bill Needs Your Help

Friday, March 17, 2017

Indiana: Victim Defense Bill Needs Your Help

With the end of the Indiana 2017 legislative session approaching, the Senate Judiciary Committee must decide whether they will consider House Bill 1071.  It is imperative that HB 1071 be considered before time runs out.  Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to consider and support HB 1071!

HB 1071, introduced by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) and sponsored by state Senator Mark Messmer (R-48), previously passed the House of Representatives with a 72-26 vote and overwhelming bipartisan support.  HB 1071 would ensure that victims of domestic violence are not left defenseless at their most vulnerable time while waiting for their carry permit to be approved.  HB 1071 would provide victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual abuse added protections against would be abusers while also protecting our constitutional right to self-defense and due process.  If a victim is in danger, it is even more important that they be allowed to protect themselves without delay. 

Additionally, HB 1071 urges the legislative council to assign a study committee to look into the repeal of the law which requires a person to obtain a license to carry a handgun in Indiana.  This is an important step towards establishing constitutional/permitless carry in Indiana.  

Stay tuned to your email inbox and www.nraila.org for further updates on this bill.

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