Today, House Bill 1071 was passed out of conference committee and will now head to both the House and the Senate for final consideration tomorrow. With tomorrow being the final day of session, your action is imperative on this important self-defense legislation. Please contact your state Representative and state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 1071 when it comes up for a vote.
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.
Again, please contact your state Representative and state Senator and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 1071 when it comes up for a vote.