House advances Lucasí bill protecting citizens using self-defense

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:00 pm

 

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2019) — The House of Representatives Monday voted in support of State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) bill that would provide legal protections for Hoosiers acting in self-defense.

Currently, those forced to protect themselves and others around them have the right to use self-defense, without fear of criminal penalties. However the criminal or their surviving family members could file a civil lawsuit against the person that acted in self-defense.

“This legislation would provide an extra layer of protection for those forced to defend themselves,” Lucas said. “Too often, individuals who have to use justifiable force have a civil lawsuit filed against them. The drawn out process and the expensive legal fees are unacceptable for law-abiding citizens to endure.”

Lucas said this legislation would provide immunity for those acting in self-defense, and safeguard against frivolous civil cases. If a judge determines self-defense was not justified, meaningful cases could still go through the civil legal process.

House Bill 1284 moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov for more information. 

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

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