GOP Reps Introduce National ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

On Thursday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) are expected to introduce a national bill that would implement a “stand your ground” law, while many similar state laws are facing increased scrutiny due to a series of high-profile shootings.

The proposed legislation would permit individuals to use deadly force if they “reasonably” believe that it is necessary to “prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” to themselves or others, or to “prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.”

“Every American has the right to defend themselves and their loved ones from an attacker,” Gaetz said in a statement. “If someone tries to kill you, you should have the right to return fire and preserve your life.”

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