This coming Tuesday, May 6, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee will consider House Bill 826. Sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans), NRA-opposed HB 826 would repeal Louisiana’s “stand your ground” statute and tip the scales in favor of criminals who attack law-abiding citizens in public. Make no mistake, this is a direct assault on your right to self-defense outside of your home, vehicle or place of business.
Under current law, a person who is engaged in a lawful activity and who is in a place where he or she has a right to be, does not have a duty to retreat from a violent attack. He or she may meet force with force, including deadly force — but only if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.