Florida School Shooting Leads To "Stand Your Ground" Law Debate

Saturday, February 17, 2018


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. 


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