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BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today denounced the enactment of SB 1313, a dangerous “Stand Your Ground” bill that Governor Butch Otter allowed to pass into law by failing to veto it.
SB 1313 endangers Idaho’s traditional self-defense doctrine, imperiling the longstanding principle that a person’s decision to use deadly force must be reasonable under the circumstances. This Stand Your Ground law puts Idahoans at risk by failing to include safeguards in Idaho’s current self-defense doctrine that prevent the reckless or vindictive use of force. Research finds that in 21 states Stand Your Ground laws are associated with a clear increase in homicides. Additionally, there is no evidence that Stand Your Ground laws deter crime.
STATEMENT FROM ELANA STORY, A VOLUNTEER WITH THE IDAHO CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“I am deeply disappointed in Governor Otter’s decision not to veto this dangerous ‘Stand Your Groun d’ bill. This bill leaves out crucial parts of our current longstanding self-defense standard that give Idahoans the ability to protect themselves while recognizing that it is always better to avoid taking a life if possible. It is disheartening to see our lawmakers act against the interest of the people of Idaho by passing a bill that threatens our safety. This law only stands to make our state less safe and puts innocent lives at risk.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs