Bacon: Other states attack Second Amendment

Friday, February 7, 2020

The ability of citizens to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms is under attack in some states. In Indiana, our leaders are dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment, while also ensuring safety for Hoosiers.

In recent years, Americans have seen efforts by both state and federal governments to chip away at Second Amendment protections. In Virginia, lawmakers considered sweeping legislation to enact tougher gun laws, require background checks on all firearms sales, limit handgun purchases to one a month and give local governments the ability to ban weapons from public buildings and other venues.

Similar heavy-handed and illegal policymaking is occurring in states around the nation, but here in Indiana, state lawmakers continue to protect the rights of responsible Hoosier gun owners, while keeping people safe.

Indiana has been touted as a national leader in equipping law enforcement with the tools to swiftly confiscate and retain the firearms of a person they believe to be dangerous or mentally ill, while also protecting the rights of lawful gun owners. Indiana’s Red Flag Law empowers law enforcement, with or without a warrant, to seize firearms if individuals are a danger to themselves or to others. However, all seizures must be reviewed by a court within 14 days to ensure due process. The law was named in honor of fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Jake Laird after he was shot in the line of duty by a man suffering from mental illness. Since its enactment, hundreds of firearms have been removed from dangerous and suicidal persons.

Commonsense policies like this separate Indiana from other states that are attacking the right to bear arms. To remain free, we must defend all our constitutional rights, not just some of them.

I am proud the NRA endorsed me when I started as State Representative, and I have maintained an A ranking for defending Hoosiers’ right to bear arms. Throughout my time in the General Assembly, I have always supported the Second Amendment, and will continue to do so.

This is a very important issue to me. I value your feedback about the rising challenges to gun rights and the work Indiana is doing to ensure its citizens’ safety. Please share your thoughts with me by calling 1-800-382-9841 or emailing h75@iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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