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GA lawmakers deliberate "stand your ground" repeal bill

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A bill to repeal Georgia's "stand your ground" law has been introduced to a senate committee, but according to WSB Radio, it appears to have little chance of passing during this legislative session.

The law says a person has no duty to retreat, and has the right to "stand their ground" by using force if they believe they're under physical threat.

Democratic State Senator Vincent Fort sponsored the bill, urging committee members to repeal the 2006 law.

During testimony, Fort gave examples of cases where he does not think the law should apply, including the case of North Georgia man with Alzheimer's Disease who was shot and killed after wandering into his neighbor's backyard and knocking on the door.

On the other side of the aisle, Republican committee members are raising questions such as whether the right to self-defense extends beyond the home.

Republican Senator Josh McKoon, from Columbus, raised this issue saying, "I think simply repealing the provision is not sufficient, because I think we would have to define what an appropriate retreat would be."

Georgia's "stand your ground" law is also being challenged in a federal lawsuit filed by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and several others.

"Stand your ground" laws received national attention after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and the acquittal of Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

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