Stand your ground law

State lawmakers are exploring whether Hoosier schools should be covered by the state’s Castle Doctrine – the law allowing people to use deadly force if their home is invaded.  The statute says a person is allowed to use force – including deadly force – to protect themselves and their property if they believe they’re in danger.

In the wake of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, a national group is urging for the repeal and reform of so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws around the country, which includes Indiana’s.  

Seventeen year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February.  Many believe Florida’s Stand Your Ground law contributed to Martin’s death.  Such a law may be a legal defense for a person who uses deadly force when there’s a reasonable belief of a threat to them.