‘Stand Your Ground’: What’s really in HB 1212

Stand Your Ground – The fate of a controversial ‘stand your ground’ measure is now in the hands of South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem after House Bill 1212 cleared the Senate on Monday. The bill, which was killed in the Senate Judiciary committee on March 4, was recovered via the ‘smoke out’ rule just hours later. The Senate voted 21-14 in favor of approving the bill.

Critics of the bill pointed out many issues during testimony before the committee, blasting the bill for doing too much to expand the use of lethal force and for seeking to do away with current laws, stripping away historic precedents South Dakota courts currently operate on.

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