Stand your ground law

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill to expand Indiana’s Stand Your Ground law at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. 

Sen. Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) is skeptical of some of the changes to Indiana gun regulations. (FILE PHOTO: Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Legislation expanding Indiana’s Stand Your Ground law and changing some gun regulations is headed to the governor’s desk.

Senate Republicans released their budget proposal, with more money for schools over the next two years. Gaming legislation went through major changes. And an expansion of the state’s Stand Your Ground law is headed back to the House.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

This week, lawmakers renew a gun debate. A House panel advances electric scooter regulations. And Republicans block an expansion of absentee voting. 

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Lawmakers Debate Expansion Of Stand Your Ground Law

Jan 28, 2019
Kystie Phillips shot a man outside her home who was wrestling with a police officer. She's now being sued. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Indiana lawmakers are wrestling with whether to expand the state’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law to cover civil lawsuits.

State lawmakers are exploring whether Hoosier schools should be covered by the state’s Castle Doctrine – the law allowing people to use deadly force if their home is invaded.  The statute says a person is allowed to use force – including deadly force – to protect themselves and their property if they believe they’re in danger.

In the wake of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a national group is urging for the repeal and reform of so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws around the country, which includes Indiana’s.  

Seventeen year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February.  Many believe Florida’s Stand Your Ground law contributed to Martin’s death.  Such a law may be a legal defense for a person who uses deadly force when there’s a reasonable belief of a threat to them.