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Indiana Legislature Passes Victim Defense Bill on Final Day of Session

Friday, April 21, 2017

Indiana Legislature Passes Victim Defense Bill on Final Day of Session

Today, House Bill 1071 was passed out of the Indiana House by a 74-26 vote, and the Senate by a 38-12 vote.  Now HB 1071 heads to the desk of Governor Eric Holcomb for his signature.  Please contact Governor Holcomb in support of House Bill 1071.

House Bill 1071, introduced by state Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57) and sponsored by state Senator Mark Messmer (R-48), 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 Governor Holcomb in support of House Bill 1071.

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