“You shouldn’t have to shoot anyone.” SC may change “stand-your-ground law.”


South Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground” law immunizes victims who use deadly power to protect themselves, and has major flaws that lawmakers are trying to correct.

Congressman under consideration Invoice That would increase the exemption given to victims who point their guns at attackers but do not trigger them under South Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Under current state law, victims are fatal to an attacker if “it is presumed that a person is reasonably afraid of imminent death risk or major physical injury to himself or another person.” You can use your power.

South Carolina Congressman Mandy Kimmons, a key sponsor of the bill, said the state’s current law only gives those who respond to attacks by using deadly power protection from prosecution. Stated. It does not apply to anyone who just pulls out a gun and scares it at an attacker.

“You shouldn’t have to shoot anyone to get immunity,” said a Republican Dochester.

Her bill, which supports 16 other sponsors, will close that loophole.

“If you pull the gun and don’t pull the trigger, this protects you,” Kimons said.

Kimmons called her bill “not controversial” and said she hoped to receive sufficient support as she passed the House of Representatives.

Kimmons submitted a similar bill during the previous legislative session, which The bill did not leave the committee. At a subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, lawmakers postponed discussions on the bill, but said they would like to review the bill once they have made some amendments.

The bill already has some opponents.

The South Carolina branch of MomsDemand Action, a national volunteer advocacy group that defends the law to reduce gun violence, opposed it. Group volunteer Jackie Shelley called the bill “dangerous.”

“It will give people a bold attitude to escalate the situation to potentially deadly by wielding a gun whenever they feel threatened, which we need. That’s the last thing, “Sherry said.

South Carolina’s “stand-your-ground” law has changed over the years.

The state’s “Castle Doctrine” gives individuals the right to use deadly forces to protect their property, including their homes. Its right to defend itself with deadly power was expanded in 2006 to include locations outside the home where individuals have the right to be in places that an attacker may face.

Unlike some other states, South Carolina’s “stand-your-ground” law does not require a withdrawal obligation. In other words, the victim does not have to try to escape the attacker before resorting to deadly forces to protect him from prosecution.

The “Stand Your Ground” law has been considered controversial for many years, especially after shooting dead unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead by self-proclaimed George Zimmerman in Florida. Community watchman. Zimmerman’s lawyer wasn’t discussing Florida’s self-defense law during his trial, The jury discussed the law during the deliberations. They eventually realized that Zimmerman was not guilty.

This bill is one of the gun-related bills considered by Congress this year.

Backed by seats won in the November elections, South Carolina Republicans turned to a number of bills to expand gun rights.The House of Representatives has already approved two such bills in this session: one Allow people with a hidden carry permit to carry it openly Their guns and the bills that make it possible Anyone can carry it openly, with or without a permit.