Iowa Activists Gather Signatures For “Stand Your Ground” Law

posted on August 18, 2015

Self-defense advocates collected petition signatures over the weekend calling for Stand Your Ground legislation in Iowa, where state Sen. Rick Bertrand has proposed legislation to protect those forced to use a firearm in self-defense.

Although most states currently have some form of Stand Your Ground laws, similar legislation died in the Iowa state senate last year. Under current Iowa law, a person who feels endangered must attempt to retreat before resorting to force, according to Sioux City’s ABC9 News.

But as advocates of Stand Your Ground point out, those targeted by criminals are too easily victimized by the current law—as illustrated by a recent case in which a former policeman, attacked while in his car, was forced to use a firearm in self-defense and spent 112 days in jail for doing so.

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