Wyoming Stand Your Ground bill advances in Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A state House committee has endorsed a so-called “stand your ground” bill that has already passed the Senate.

Senate File 71 seeks to expand the state’s “castle doctrine” law under which those who use deadly force in the home do not have to consider if it’s reasonable to retreat. Under current state law, that doctrine of not having to retreat doesn’t apply outside the home.

It also seeks to provide the shooter certain protections from civil prosecution.

A representative of Wyoming law enforcement says concerns in earlier versions of the bill have been resolved.

However, a representative of state trial lawyers says they still have issues with the proposal.

The bill passed the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday and now goes to the floor for debate.

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