Maine Info: Stand your ground defeated

Trevon Martin

The NRA favored bill voted down

Last week, the Maine House of Representatives defeated a “stand your ground” bill. Stand your ground laws allow anyone to shoot another person if they feel threatened. One problem is that accidental shootings become more likely. This happens when a family member is mistaken for an intruder. Defeat of this bill is another victory for gun safety in Maine.

The Bill

👎 Legislative Document 533 is a stand-your-ground bill that would allow the shooting of another person if someone feels they are threatened.

From the Portland Press Herald

The Maine House on Friday rejected a “stand your ground” bill backed by gun rights advocates who say it clarifies the right to use deadly force in self-defense.

The 78-57 vote to defeat the bill, which came after a short debate, fell largely along party lines, with Republicans supporting the measure and Democrats opposing it.