Indiana is a breath of fresh air.  Hoosiers easily enjoy more freedom than other individuals from the Great Lakes region.  

And according to one study, just comparing the regulatory burdens imposed in each state, Indiana is the freest state in the entire country.

So it is great news that Rep. Jim Lucas (R) has introduced House Bill 1144 -- a bill that will eliminate additional regulatory burdens upon citizens and make Indiana the seventh “constitutional carry” state in the country. 

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual's ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn't depend on a “permit” from the government. 

You don't need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government's okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family? 

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America. 

House Bill 1144 would add Indiana to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. 

Make no mistake about it.  Under House Bill 1144, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison. 

But that's just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down. 

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It's no surprise that the “dog that didn't bark” -- the mass murders that were planned but never occurred -- happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes. 

Indiana could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

ACTION: Urge your state representative to cosponsor and support House Bill 1144.

HOW TO CONTACT-WRITE YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES.  

1. Identify your legislator by clicking on this link and typing in your address.

2. After hitting the “search” button, you simply find your representative and click on the word “email” to begin a message to him or her.

3. You can then use the pre-written letter below to help direct your comments to your state representative.

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Representative:

Please cosponsor and support House Bill 1144, introduced Rep. Jim Lucas (R).

The concept of “constitutional carry” is simple:  An individual's ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn't depend on a “permit” from the government. 

You don't need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government's okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family? 

Currently, Americans in Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana can carry a firearm without a government license.  Lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.  In fact, these are some of the safest places in America. 

House Bill 1144 would add Indiana to that illustrious list of Constitution-loving states. 

Make no mistake about it.  Under House Bill 1144, if a criminal carried a gun in connection with a crime, he has committed a crime and is going to prison. 

But that's just the point:  If law enforcement is allowed to focus on the “bad guys,” rather than the enforcement of silly counter-productive, unconstitutional nitpicking, crime will go down. 

Crime will also go down if criminals have to consider the possibility that their victims could be armed and could shoot back. It's no surprise that the “dog that didn't bark” -- the mass murders that were planned but never occurred -- happened in places like the Appalachian School of Law or Pearl High School in Mississippi.  In these places, citizens with guns stopped horrific crimes. 

Indiana could soon join them on the list of states where people are allowed to exercise their constitutional rights to protect themselves without asking “May I?” from the government.

Again, please cosponsor HB 1144.

Sincerely,