On June 8, 2012, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law a measure requiring a full investigation of any death that results from violence or under suspicious circumstances when a claim of self-defense is raised. A law enacted in Alabama on May 22, 2012 modifies the existing law that provides property owners with immunity from civil liability for injuring or killing a trespasser in self-defense, so that immunity is provided only if the property owner reacted reasonably to the circumstances. Several other states considered amending or repealing “shoot first” laws this year (including Michigan, North Carolina, Mississippi and South Carolina). In addition, the conservative, corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that developed the model shoot first law recently announced that it was disbanding the task force responsible for its creation.
See our Shoot First Resources for a more detailed discussion of this issue.
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