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Experts discuss Louisiana "stand your ground" law

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Posted: Aug 15, 2013 5:38 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Aug 15, 2013 6:58 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: stand your ground, trayvon martin, protection, louisiana, law

BATON ROUGE - Talk of the "stand your ground" law has made its way to Baton Rouge. A local group called "Leaders with Vision" hosted a public forum which focused on Louisiana's version of the law.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie, along with District Attorney Hillar Moore, an attorney and a law professor, sat on a panel today discussing the topic.

They explained Louisiana law states people have the right to defend themselves and not run away from a threat to their lives. That right extends even outside of your home to public spaces, such as an office.

More than 20 states have some form of "stand your ground." Louisiana's laws are easier on someone who shoots an intruder trying to break into their house, but authorities still suggest calling for help before drawing your gun.

"Don't take matters into your own hands. Let the guys who train for this, who get paid to do this fight that danger and not you," said Chief Dabadie.

The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office has seen about six incidents related to "stand your ground" since the law went into effect in Louisiana back in 2006.

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