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8:52 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Lawmaker To Examine "Stand Your Ground" Law

A Democratic lawmaker from Oklahoma City says he intends to convene an interim study in the fall to conduct a review of the state's so-called "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law and open carry laws.

State Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City
Credit Oklahoma House

Rep. Mike Shelton said Wednesday he wants to bring together members from law enforcement, the mental health community and others to examine if Oklahoma firearms laws "best suit our needs and our situation."

Based on Florida's law, Oklahoma's "Stand Your Ground" law essentially allows law abiding citizens who are attacked in public to use deadly force if they feel threatened.

Shelton's proposed study was not formally approved by House Speaker T.W. Shannon, but he says he plans to hold it anyway.