Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill to expand Indiana’s Stand Your Ground law at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting.
Holcomb was joined by several state lawmakers to sign the bill, which extends Stand Your Ground law protections to civil court and removes fees for Indiana’s short, five-year handgun licenses.
“Removing any and all barriers for lawful carry in our state is significant for the many Hoosier gun owners who want to protect themselves and others,” Holcomb says.
The more controversial part of the bill deals with guns in churches that are on school property. It allows the property owner – whether it’s the school or the church – to make the decision on guns in the worship space.
Holcomb says an example of Indiana's committment to gun rights, and Second Amendment supporters, is a deal the state announced Friday. Camp Atterbury will be the site of the group’s new National Marksmanship Competition Center. As part of the 10-year agreement, Holcomb says the state will upgrade several shooting ranges.
“We aim to attract even more competition as the partnership grows over the years,” Holcomb says.
Camp Atterbury is already home to the NRA’s high-power rifle championships.