State Rep. advocates arming domestic abuse victims

State Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, speaks in front of the House on April 16, 2015. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — State Rep. Jim Lucas is known for his defense of gun ownership and gun rights.

Nevertheless, the Seymour Republican raised some eyebrows with comments made on the House floor Thursday.

Every week this session, someone in the House presents a domestic violence fact in the effort to increase awareness regarding domestic abuse.

Thursday, Lucas felt the need to react. Watch his statement in the video player above by clicking the play button.

“There are options out there for women,” he said. “Applications for a license to carry a handgun are up significantly in the state of Indiana according to the Indiana State Police. Women can take it upon themselves to defend themselves.”

Meanwhile, studies show that domestic violence is five times more likely to end in homicide when a gun is present. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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