By Tom Knighton
The state of Wyoming is set to join the growing number of states that recognize an individual has no duty to retreat from a threat. The bill has now passed the legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk where he must decide to sign or veto the bill.
However, it wasn’t always a likely slam dunk, even in Wyoming where Governor Matt Mead expressed concerns with a previous incarnation of the bill.
The legislation is meant to strengthen and clarify Wyoming’s self-defense laws, something advocates say is necessary to empower law-abiding state residents to protect themselves. But critics have expressed a variety of concerns, ranging from the restrictions that the bill would place on law enforcement to novel legal mechanisms that would be introduced to state statute.
In an interview last week, Mead expressed concern about an earlier version of the bill that would have initially granted suspects in assault or murder cases immunity from arrest or prosecution if they claimed to have acted in self-defense.
“I thought you were creating almost a super-class there,” Mead said. “I don’t think that is good law.”
But the two “stand your ground bills” being considered by the Legislature, which became largely identical after …Read the Rest
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