Self defense is not black and white, uncertainties remain concerning Stand Your Ground bill

Stand Your Ground was brought forward to the senate by Sen. Anthony Bouchard R-Cheyenne. This bill passed with multiple amendments to make the bill clearer due to questionable fraises stated in the bill. This brought controversy to Stand Your Ground.

Depending on the view point Stand Your Ground may or may not help Wyoming.

“The controversy to stand your ground is facing a lethal threat with force this puts citizens at risk of overzealous prosecution, even here in Wyoming,” Bouchard said.

“Citizens should not be required to go through a process where they are tried, incarcerated, then required to use significant resources to prove their innocence when using force against an attacker,” adds Bouchard.

However, there’s always the question of how safe is this bill going to make citizens feel.

“If someone is walking down an alleyway and feels threatened by another person, thinking they are being stalked, they could potentially pull out their gun and shoot and use this bill in their defense,” said Chief Brian Kozak. “There needs to be some amendments in this bill, so police officers can do their job.”

Some people would think this bill might influence revenue from coming into Wyoming.

“It may hurt business, recruitment and tourism,” said Rep. James Byrd D-Cheyenne.

About Jesi Lofink (9 Articles)
I am the type of person who can’t get enough of the outdoors. I started my degree five semesters ago in wildlife conservation and decided that it wasn’t for me. I still wanted to do something with wildlife so I looked into mass media and found out that public relations was up my alley. Public relations workers can find careers at the Game and Fish, Bureau of Land Management, and the Conservation District. I am hoping to graduate in the spring semester of 2018 with my Mass Media degree and move on with my life.

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