The Florida school shooting leads to a debate in the Alabama Legislature over the use of deadly force to defend someone in a church. The proposed revision of the state’s self-defense law says a person is presumed justified in the use of force if they reasonably believe someone is about to seriously harm a church member.
Republicans argued the Florida shooting showed the need for self-defense laws, while Democrats argued they encourage more shootings and the bill was unneeded since the state already has a broad “Stand Your Ground” law that would cover church incidents.
The House of Representatives approved the bill on a 40-16 vote. It now moves to the Alabama Senate.