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House committee passes controversial changes to ‘Stand Your Ground’

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Members of the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice passed a highly-contested bill Tuesday, potentially changing the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws. If passed, it would place the burden of proof on the prosecution (or state) in cases of those who claim self-defense immunity in acts of violence when brought before judiciary proceedings. HB 245 was co-sponsored by 41 legislators, led by Rep. Bobby Payne, who was present at the subcommittee. The bill gives procedural clarification in those cases of…

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