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LAW: Indiana Expands Gun Rights by Passing Stand Your Ground

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Indiana has strengthened its Stand Your Ground Laws.

Eagle Country reports that House Enrolled Act 1284, colloquially known as “Kystie’s Law”, was signed into law on April 26, 2019 at the NRA national convention.

This bill was authored by State Representative Jim Lucas and was named in honor of Kystie Phillips, an Ohio County resident who fatally shot a man who was attacking an Indiana Conservation Officer.

Phillips faced a wrongful death lawsuit from the assailant’s family.  The family suing Phillips eventually dropped the lawsuit this past January.

Phillips testified before House and Senate committees about her riveting experience and her support for this law. HEA 1284 made it out of the House on a 64-17 vote and was then passed in the Senate on a 37-7 vote.

At the NRA national convention in Indianapolis, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed the Stand You’re Ground bill into law.

Holcomb said, “If you’ll permit me to brag a little bit about our state, I’ll tell you that there’s simply no place more friendly and more supportive of the Second Amendment than right here on Hoosier soil.”

This law requires judges to award defendants attorney’s fees if they determine that a lawsuit was unjustly filed against a defendant. This is designed to keep defendants who used a firearm in self-defense from being put in financial ruin.

Gun control groups like Moms Demand Action claim that this law protects people from accountability, attacks the civil justice system, and incentivizes vigilantism.

For gun control groups, seeing a solidly pro-gun state like Indiana continue expanding gun rights is always bad news.

Unlike other states in the past year, Indiana is joining the recent wave of red states like Kentucky and Oklahoma passing pro-gun legislation in 2019.

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White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward

Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.

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On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.

Dean Weingarten of Ammoland.com reported that the bill passed by a 66 to 31 margin.

Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:

The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.

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Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well.  If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.

Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.

Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.

It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.

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