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NH House votes to repeal "stand your ground" law

On March 27, the New Hampshire House voted 189-184 to repeal the controversial "stand your ground" law that has been in effect since 2011.

According to regional news source the Union Leader, the bill permits individuals to use deadly force if they have reason to believe they are being unlawfully threatened by a perceived attacker.

House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff, D-Penacook, who pushed for the repeal, stated that the point isn't to take away people's right to defend themselves with deadly force, but rather to acknowledge that one should try to retreat from a situation before resorting to such drastic measures. Additionally, the repeal bill wouldn't penalize an individual for taking this kind of action when threatened on his or her own property.

"This bill is simply the (law) that was in effect in the State of New Hampshire from 1977 to 2011," Shurtleff said. "If you're in a confrontation and you know with 100 percent certainty you can retreat, you should. If you're not, you can use deadly force."

Shurtleff cited the murder rate in Florida, which has jumped 8 percent since a similar law was passed, noting that "stand your ground" can lead to people being needlessly killed. Opponents of the repeal claimed that taking away the right could leave victims of crime with no way to defend themselves.

The original law was initiated by the GOP-controlled House and passed over the veto of former Governor John Lynch, states the source.

If you have been accused of a crime in the Granite State, you may want to consider consulting an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These knowledgeable professionals can review your case and defend you in court, ensuring that you have a fair trial and can move forward with your life.

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