Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Hampshire seeks to repeal ‘stand your ground’ law

The New Hampshire Judiciary committee voted, 12-6, to recommend the full House pass a bill to repeal the state's 'stand your ground' law enacted in 2011, reported the Concord Monitor.

The repeal bill has aroused loud opposition from gun-rights activists and others, and hundreds turned out for a five-hour public hearing in January. But legislators said many of the messages  received are from out-of-staters.

In 2011, the then-Republican-led Legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto to enact a law that expanded the right to use deadly force in self-defense to apply anywhere a person can legally be. Previously, people were obligated to “retreat from the encounter” if they knew they could do so with “complete safety,” except in their homes, reported the Monitor.

Similar stand your ground laws are on the books in at least 21 states, including New Hampshire, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

It’s one of a number of laws passed during the last two years that are now being targeted for repeal by Democrats who retook a majority in the House in last November’s election. Republicans retain a 13-11 majority in the Senate.

To read more: http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/4653674-95/bill-law-deadly-defense

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