North Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground” Law In Question

Police in Florida are waiting for George Zimmerman to turn himself back into the police after his bail was recently revoked for lying to the judge in the case with regard to his finances. Zimmerman also withheld the fact that he possessed a second passport.

Zimmerman maintains he was defending himself against an attack by Martin on the night of the shooting and has used Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law as his defense. At the same time, one North Carolina lawmaker moved a bill forward this week that would alter a similar law in existence here.

State Rep. Rodney Moore wants to limit a new North Carolina law that expands the set of circumstances where a person can justifiably shoot and kill an intruder when he or she feels seriously threatened. Post #1 criminal image 6.5.12.jpgThe law in the state currently says people are not limited only to their homes, but can shoot those in their cars or workplaces. Moore believes the law as written is too broad and that it could lead to racial profiling and incidents similar to the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Moore said that, “If you make a decision to take a life, there should be some type of inquiry or investigation.” Moore’s bill would ask that automobile and workplace language be stripped from the law.

Supporters of the North Carolina law have said it clearly states where and when deadly force is appropriate, leaving very little open to interpretation. Moore’s bill is currently before the House Judiciary Committee awaiting review.

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NC lawmaker wants to scale back state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law,” by Scott Wickersham, published at

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