Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action is pleased to announce the Indiana legislature passed NRA-backed constitutional carry legislation today and the bill is en route to the governor’s desk for signature.
“Hoosiers value their Second Amendment rights, yet under the current regime they are forced to ask the government for extra permission in order to exercise the fundamental right of carrying a firearm for self-defense,” said John Weber, NRA state director in Indiana. “The NRA is proud to have played a key role in getting this bill to the governor’s desk and we hope he will sign it.”
Constitutional carry simply allows law-abiding citizens, who are otherwise legally able to possess and carry a firearm, to carry that firearm for self-defense. It does not expand access to firearms in any way, nor change who is legal to posses and carry one.
Last year, similar legislation passed in five states making constitutional carry the law in 21 states nationwide. This year, a number of states are considering the legislation, including Ohio, Alabama and Georgia.
“Anti-self defense activists try to mislead the public by saying this legislation will allow criminals to carry — nothing could be further from the truth. Similar bills have passed in 21 other states and there has been no resulting increase in crime. This bill simply codifies the fundamental right of all people to defend themselves wherever a self-defense situation may arise,” Weber concluded.
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