Governor Parnell’s office says he is committed to Alaska’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, despite national pressure in the wake of the George Zimmerman case. Parnell signed HB24 last month.
The Sponsor was Rep. Mark Neuman…
Rep. Neuman(R-Susitna Valley): “Today the House took a step forward again in making sure Alaskans’ rights are protected, that we clarify in our statutes that you do have the right to defend yourself, you family, and your loved ones in any place you have the right to be. That you take the same rights that you have in your home, to protect your family, and when you’re out on the street, if you’re approached by a criminal and if you feel that you’re in imminent danger of your life or injury, that you do have the right to protect yourself.”
With the national profile of the Zimmerman case, President Obama has suggested reconsidering the way Stand Your Ground laws are written, “ to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case.”