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.
State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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