House Passes Bill Loosening Self Defense Laws

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The State House on Saturday passed a bill that loosens the state’s “self defense” laws.   The measure by Big Lake Republican Mark Neuman says deadly force is allowed by a person who feels unsafe or threatened if he is any place he has a right to be.

Neuman said there has been a lot of misconception about the changes he wants.

Anchorage Democrat Les Gara, an attorney, argued that what Neuman wants is already covered under state law.

The Senate still has to pass the bill if it is to become law.

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