March 3, 2012 (links updated December 29, 2018)
UPDATE March 22, 2012 – Governor Mitch Daniels signs Senate Bill 1 “right to resist”statute into law.
Though a true American needs no artificial laws to affirm our right to defend ourselves, our families and our homes, the Indiana House of Representatives sided with the people Thursday and proved there are still some U.S. governments representing said people.
In a 74-24 vote, Indiana legislators voted to overturn the state’s Supreme Court decision in Barnes v. State last May, which ruled that citizens have no right to resist unlawful entry into their homes by police. The court reasoned that citizens need to simply submit to all police manipulation and let the courts address any potential wrongdoing later.
State legislators were subsequently bombarded by phone calls and emails from citizens who disapproved of the courts ruling because it obviously violates every tenet of the “Castle Doctrine.” Craig Fry, D-South Bend, opposes the bill. He told the Evansville Courier and Press it will “cause people to die” and that “it’s too late after somebody dies for a jury to sort out.”
The bill will now go back to the state Senate where any final amendments will be made before going to the governor’s desk.