News / Zimmerman acquittal spurs debate over ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws

By Matt Schaefer
Monday, July 15, 2013

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By: Courtney Friedman
Posted: July 15, 2013

(KYTX) – The acquittal of George Zimmerman has ignited new debate about nationwide Castle Doctrines, also called “Stand Your Ground” laws. They allow people to defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened.

Texas is one of 21 states that have adopted this law.  It was passed in Texas in 2007, and says that people can defend themselves with deadly force if they feel threatened in their home, business, car, or any place they have a legal right to be.

Critics say the law gives Americans a way to commit murder without consequence. Supporters say it’s the only way for someone to fully defend them self.

The looming question: are stand your ground laws too vague?

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