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Louisiana law allows "Stand Your Ground"

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Criminal Defense Attorney Bob Noel believes the Louisiana Stand Your Ground law may become a popular defense in court.

"All lawyers are copycats, if something worked, we're all going to use it," Noel said.

A debate has been sparked about this law in several states across the country, after a Florida jury handed down a not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense as a reason behind the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Signed into the books back in 2006, there are now several new components to the Bayou State's self-defense laws, meant to protect residents when they're off their property.

For starters, a person no longer has to runaway from a public space,even if they feel their life is in danger or possibly another person's life is being threatened.

"If you see somebody robbing a 7-11 and they pull out a gun, and you pull out your gun to keep the store clerk from getting killed and you fire the weapon, there's no duty to retreat," Noel said.

While in the courtroom, state law requires a jury and a judge to forget about considering the option of retreating.

Another amendment to the state's self-defense law says a person cannot be civilly prosecuted as a result of using a gun, even if it results in deadly force.

"As an individual, I think it creates a false sense of security to let people know that they can stand their and fight," Noel said. "on the whole, it's really not a good idea. You should leave things to the police."

 Noel believes it would not hurt lawmakers to re-visit the stand your ground law.

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