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10) Louisiana


Louisiana was one of the states to jump on the Stand Your Ground bandwagon early on. The Pelican state had long abided by the Castle Doctrine, but decided to add on language mirroring Florida’s provisions in 2006.

Governor Kathleen Blanco signed the new law which tacked on the following:

  • Any person “who is in a place where he or she has a right,” including a public space, does not have an obligation “to retreat” if faced with a real or perceived threat and “may stand his or her ground and meet force with force.”
  • During criminal court proceedings, a judge or jury can’t consider the “possibility of retreat” as a factor in determining whether someone lawfully used force in self-defense.
  • No one acting in self-defense under these laws can be civilly prosecuted for the use of force, deadly or otherwise.

Read more here.

Hit the jump to see the rest of states with Stand Your Ground and Castle Laws