Initial immunity for self-defense pulled from Wyoming bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have removed a provision from a “stand-your-ground” bill that sought to give initial immunity from arrest and prosecution to people who claim self-defense.

The Star-Tribune <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://bit.ly/2sZObBH”>reports</a> that the Wyoming senate’s vote on Tuesday aligned the measure with current state law, which allows individuals to use force in self-defense but only if doing so is reasonable.

The original measure would have stated that individuals never had a duty to retreat when feeling threatened, even if a jury or prosecutor believed that doing so would have been the best option.

Wyoming law enforcement leaders opposed the provision, saying it would be difficult for an officer to determine in the heat of the moment whether a suspect was legitimately defending him or herself.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.trib.com”>http://www.trib.com</a>

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