Indiana doubles down on the Second Amendment – erases fees, offers free 5-year handgun licenses

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INDIANA – Prospective gun owners and Second Amendment advocates based out of Indiana have something to be happy about as of July 1st, and that is that fees associated with obtaining handgun licenses have been quashed.

The five-year “Unlimited License” is now available to Indiana residents without cost as a means to afford citizens within the state a means to exercise their Second Amendment right without unnecessary financial burdens.

Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas was said to have introduced the bill, which the legislation was also co-authored by Republican state Rep. Ben Smaltz.

According to Smaltz:

“Removing financial barriers to someone being able to exercise their Second Amendment right is very important.”

There’s more to the law than just the removal of fees though, which these additional aspects also behoove gun owners within Indiana.

One portion of the law affords citizens who use their weapon in a justifiable self-defense scenario will be granted “civil immunity” – meaning that if nothing criminal occurred then no civil damages can be levied either.

Another element within the legislation is said to allow churches to decide whether or not to allow their congregants to be armed while attending services, instead of just employing a statewide ban on carrying inside of religious establishments.

All in all, it makes for a great win on the side of the Second Amendment and those looking to exercise their rights.

While the state of Indiana has much to celebrate about the law that took effect in July 1st, another law was said to have recently gone into effect in Alexandria, Virginia that restricts gun rights instead of affording them. 

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In the midst of massive acts of violent civil unrest, the city council of Alexandria, Virginia has unanimously voted to ban firearms and ammunition from all city property. 

The new law went into effect on July 1st.  Alexandria has had a law like this in the past, but a state law in 2002 returned second amendment rights to Alexandria’s citizens.  Now, the General Assembly in Virginia has reversed that law.

The new law will make it a class 1 misdemeanor to possess, carry or transport firearms or ammunition in or on any city owned property as well as at events requiring a permit.  Anyone caught violating this ordinance is subject to up to 12 months in jail or a $2500 fine.

According to a report in the Del Ray, VA Patch, exceptions will be made for military personnel acting in the scope of their duties, sworn law enforcement officers, private security personnel hired by the city, Senior Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at higher education institutions, intercollegiate athletics programs involving firearms at high education institutions, and historical re-enactors using unloaded guns for demonstrations.

That’s not all: 

The new authorization also authorized these prohibitions in public streets where there is a permitted event, whether or not the event actually received its permit.  We believe this added authorization allows the City to enforce this prohibition on public streets during an event operating under a Special Event Permit. 

Virginia is a “Dillon Rule” state which is why, until the 2002 General assembly ruling which upheld citizens second amendment rights this year was overturned, Alexandria was not able to enact this form of prohibition. 

The Dillon Rule, which the Virginia Supreme Court adopted in 1896, is a legal principle that local governments have limited authority, and can pass ordinances only in areas where the General Assembly (which meets in the state capitol in Richmond) has granted clear authority.

Governor Northam has been a huge proponent of many anti-second amendment pieces of legislation including a statewide law also taking effect on July 1 making the purchase of more than one handgun a month a class 1 misdemeanor as well. 

Second amendment advocates are suing to block this law.  The Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation are some of the plaintiffs listed in the suit filed on June 12th in Virginia Circuit Court.

Governor Northam has quietly signed five gun control bills into law in 2020, while we were all distracted with COVID-19 and now civil unrest.

These laws will severely limit the ability for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves, leaving them particularly vulnerable to attack as riotous behavior is currently being condoned around the United States. 

With calls to defund the police and a line being drawn as to how much they are permitted to do to protect people, what appears to be a move to make Alexandria, Virginia safer may just be making it one of the most dangerous places in the country.

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