Indiana state Representative Jim Lucas has drafted a bill that would require professional journalists to obtain a license from state police in order to exercise their First Amendment right. The reason? “If you’re OK licensing my Second Amendment right, what’s wrong with licensing your First Amendment right?” he stated.
Lucas is upset about media coverage of his efforts to repeal the longstanding law requiring Indiana residents to obtain a permit before carrying loaded, concealed handguns in public. Lucas wants to allow concealed carry with no background check, training or permit. Reporters have refused to use the absurd “constitutional carry” label given to unpermitted carry by the NRA, and that irks Lucas. “If I was as irresponsible with my handgun as the media has been with their keyboard, I’d probably be in jail,” he claimed.
When reporters asked Rep. Lucas if he actually plans to introduce the bill, he responded, “It depends on you guys. It depends on how egregious and irresponsible you are between now and then.”
Please contact Rep. Jim Lucas through one of the channels below and give him the following message:
Your proposal to restrict the First Amendment rights of journalists is despicable and juvenile. I’m equally disgusted by your response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, which confirms that firearms idolatry is more important to you than saving human lives. There is no validity whatsoever in your insurrectionist reading of the Second Amendment. Like other regressive white men, you support loose gun laws because you believe you have a “right” to engage in acts of armed treason against our government should it threaten the power and privilege you enjoy in our society. You do not, and our Founders made that clear in the Constitution. If you introduce this grotesque piece of legislation, expect to meet with determined and vocal resistance.
Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas
Phone: (317) 234-9499 or 1-800-382-9841
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