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A woman who waited over 60 days to receive a concealed carry permit while being stalked is urging Indiana lawmakers to realize protective orders are not enough, women need handguns.

According to the Journal Gazette, Dawn Hillyer says she was stalked for six years and lived in “constant fear.” Her stalker allegedly targeted her online and physically, eventually convincing a judge to issue a protective order against the suspect.

Yet Hillyer says the stalking continued, so she applied for a concealed carry permit. She spent the next 60 days waiting in fear and no permit arrived. She says that those two months, living defenseless when away from her home, made her realize the process of acquiring a concealed permit is “unacceptable for victims of stalkers or domestic abusers.” And she became convinced that women “need more than just a piece of paper to protect themselves”- they need a handgun.

Hillyer received her concealed permit after the 60 days passed and it liberated her. She said, “Firearms are known as the great equalizer and for good reason. When I got a firearm, I finally felt a sense of control again.”

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