Indiana State Representatives Ben Smaltz (left) and Jim Lucas
Republican Indiana State Representatives Jim Lucas and Ben Smaltz were presented with the Defender of Freedom Award from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The award ceremony took place during the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis.
“This year Jim Lucas and Ben Smaltz succeeded in passing legislation to expand self-defense options for Hoosiers,” announced Chris Kopacki, NRA-ILA Indiana state director. “This award honors Lucas and Smaltz for leading the fight in Indiana to promote our fundamental right to self-protection.”
Reps. Lucas and Smaltz sponsored the same piece of legislation, House Bill 1284, that was signed into law by Gov. Holcomb. The Defender of Freedom Award is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves in preserving and protecting rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.