BREAKING: NH Lawmakers Vote to Keep “Stand Your Ground” Law
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The NH state senate has decided that NH citizens do not have a duty to retreat from a threat, even in public. The state’s lawmakers started to reevaluate their SYG law following the Zimmerman/Martin case in Florida.
The Senate voted 19-5 to table a bill which would have repealed the two year old law. The bill is now expected to die. NH is one of twenty states that says its citizens do not have to retreat in the face of a threat and can use deadly force to defend themselves.
While the vote was fairly decisive, apparently not everyone in the NH government supports the stand your ground law.
According to Seacoastonline,
The New Hampshire attorney general’s office supports the old law, arguing that it balanced the rights of people to defend themselves with protections for the sanctity of life.
But bill opponents argue the change would hurt honest people defending themselves and others against criminals. They said police often show up at a crime scene to investigate the aftermath, when it is too late to protect people.
The announcement comes on the same day that George Zimmerman’s defense team released the contents of Trayvon Martin’s cell phone showing that the teen was possibly involved in illegal gun ownership, illegal street fighting, marijuana cultivation and use.