House Votes to Expand Right to Use Deadly Force
Bill must now go to the Senate for approval
ANCHORAGE - In Juneau, the state House approved a bill expanding the right of individuals to use deadly force in self-defense.
The bill expands that authority to “any other place where the person has a right to be.”
Countered Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, "So we're asking for that individual in a time of being scared, nervous, etc., to think, 'Hmmm, does it fit the statute here, does it fall into second degree?'"
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, pursued the issue: "So the problem is, you know you're safe. You know others are safe. And it's that step too far with robbery in the second degree, when there is no deadly weapon, there's not a grave threat of substantial injury."
Pruitt said it’s not just a matter of weapons. "If you're looking at a very large individual, they may not need a gun. They can still put some sort of harm on you that you don't know in that instance whether or not they're going to use, physically, their hands, their feet, whatever it may be, to cause harm to you."
The House passed the bill 33 to 5. It still must go to the Senate.