Stand Your Ground bills advance in Wyoming Legislature
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House and Senate are considering similar so-called “stand your ground” bills.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that committees in both houses endorsed bills that will now be debated on floors of each chamber.
The two bills seek to expand the state’s “castle doctrine” law under which those who use deadly force in the home do not have to consider if it’s reasonable to retreat. Under current state law, that doctrine of not having to retreat doesn’t apply outside the home.
Senate File 71 and House Bill 168 also seek to provide the shooter certain legal protections from civil prosecution.
Proponents of the legislation say it would benefit law-abiding citizens who are attacked or seriously threatened.
Opponents contend it could embolden people with guns to unnecessarily shoot others.
Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com