Lawmakers look at ‘stand your ground’ bill

Posted By: Jenn Hatcher

Friday, the Nebraska legislature’s judiciary committee held a hearing on LB612, a self-defense law, also known as “Stand Your Ground.”

The bill, introduce by Senator Bill Kintner, would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker, allowing law-abiding citizens to stand their ground and protect themselves or their family anywhere they have a legal right to be.  It allows law-abiding citizens to use deadly force in situations where it is necessary to protect themselves against death, serious bodily harm, robbery, arson, burglary, kidnapping, or sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat, without a duty to retreat.  LB 612 also would enhance the protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when justifiable force is used.

The National Rifle Association supports this bill, representative Kent Rogert said, “It’s our policy to support bills that outline the concept of this bill, which strengthens self defense statues in all states.”

Multiple anti-gun groups were also in attendance. Amanda Gailey, with Nebraskans Against Gun Violence said, “Stand Your Ground empowers bias people in public places to kills someone they believe to be a threat even when safe retreat is an option.”

The bill must be voted out of committee before being debated on the floor, no action was taken Friday.