Indiana: Self-Defense Bill Passes House, On To Senate

Now for some good news: A new bill in Indiana seeks to prevent frivolous lawsuits against its citizens use of justifiable force in defensive situations. READ MORE



On February 11th, the Indiana state House of Representatives voted 80-13 to pass House Bill 1284 to enhance protections afforded to law-abiding citizens acting in defense of themselves and others. HB 1284 will now go to the state Senate for further consideration.

House Bill 1284, sponsored by Representative Jim Lucas (R-69), would provide immunity for a justified use of force in certain instances to help prevent frivolous lawsuits. Victims of violent crime shouldn’t be subjected to unnecessary civil suits, therefore being victimized twice. This bill would also require a court to award, in certain instances, reasonable attorney’s fees if it determines a suit was brought unjustly, helping to prevent financial ruin for individuals protecting themselves and others.


2 thoughts on “Indiana: Self-Defense Bill Passes House, On To Senate”

  1. Actually, a civil action by ANYONE hurt during a crime should be barred. If someone is breaking the law and hurt, it is THEIR fault. Just like the thief who fell though a sky roof and hurt himself, and WON a lawsuit against the home owner for medical bills, this is plain insanity (yes, that was a real lawsuit).

    It would be a simple law, but you can bet the lawyer lobbies would fight it tooth and toenail.


  2. A sensible attitude by lawmakers in Indiana is a large part of my reason for moving there from Illinois. A lot cheaper taxes too.

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