N.H. Senate panel recommends killing “stand your ground” repeal
Peggo Hodes laughs while trying to figure out how to turn on the toy goat that plays a recording of yodeling while giving a demonstration to the audience on how to yodel before the Sound Of Music sing-a-long at Red River Theatre on April 28, 2013. Hodes is a voice instructor at the Concord Community Music School and helped the audience in perfecting their technique for the cue in the movie. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
A Senate committee has recommended killing legislation that would repeal New Hampshire’s “stand your ground” law.
The law allows a person to use deadly force in self-defense anywhere they have a right to be. Before 2011, state law required a person to retreat from the situation if possible, except in their home.
The repeal bill hasbecome a lightning rod this year for criticism from gun rights activists. It passed the Democratic-controlled House last month, 189-184.
But it appears headed for defeat in the Republican-controlled Senate, where a number of Democrats are expected to vote against the bill. Two, Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton and Sen. Andrew Hosmer of Laconia, have already announced they’ll oppose it.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday, 4-1, to recommend the full Senate kill the bill. All three Republicans voted against the bill, as did Democratic Sen. Bette Lasky of Nashua. Sen. Donna Soucy, a Manchester Democrat, voted to support the bill.
The legislation next goes to the Senate floor, perhaps as early as next week.
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