NAGR Calls on Indiana AG to Nullify Indianapolis Assault Weapons Ban

Jul 13, 2023

Indianapolis, IN -Today, the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) called on Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita to act in response to the Indianapolis City-County Council’s passing of Proposal 156.

Proposal 156 increases the age required to purchase a gun in the city to 21 years old, bans “assault rifles” and repeals Indiana’s Constitutional Carry law within city limits, in violation of Indiana’s preemption law passed in 2011.

“Indiana’s preemption law, as it was passed in 2011, is explicit and now we have a Mayor from Indianapolis expecting the people of his city to follow a law which is a direct violation of State law. That is unethical and hypocritical,” said State Senator Jim Tomes, author of Indiana’s Preemption law.

The National Foundation for Gun Rights, the legal arm of NAGR, is suing the State of Illinois in response to an Assault Weapons Ban passed in 2022. Illinois is in the 7th Circuit Court, the same federal circuit as Indiana.

“It is Attorney General Rokita’s duty to defend Indiana state law and the Constitution of the United States,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “Indianapolis’ measure is not only a direct violation of state law on the grounds of preemption, but also violates both the Indiana State Constitution and United States Constitution, which explicitly state the right to bear arms.”

“We expect the Indiana Attorney General’s office will act swiftly in nullifying Indianapolis’ Proposal 156,” concluded Brown.

The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.

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