Preview: stand your ground legislation

 Posted By: Veronica Ortega

Lawmakers are hearing a bill that could alter self defense laws here in Nebraska by making changes to the use of force in cases of self protection.

Officials say the bill would remove a person’s duty to retreat from attackers which is part of the current self defense law.

It would allow law abiding citizens to stand their ground and protect themselves and their family by using force and in some situations deadly force to defend against death, serious bodily harm, robbery, arson, burglary, kidnapping, or sexual assault.

Authorities say the changes would improve protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when force is justified.

We will have more information tonight at 5,6,&10.