MO Senate Committee Discusses Self-Defense Bill
A legislative committee listened to testimony Monday night about citizens' right to defend themselves under Senate Bill 571.
The bill would ensure their right to defend themselves on private property without fear of criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit.
Sen. John Cauthorn of Mexico, the sponsor of the bill, said it's not a gun issue, although the National Rifle Association supports his proposal.
The bill includes different reasons for using lethal force or non-lethal force. For example, force is justified if there's a reasonable belief it's needed to defend yourself or another person in a dangerous situation. Deadly force is justified if there's a reasonable belief it's needed to prevent imminent death.
Monday night's hearing was just the introduction of the bill. The Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will review testimony before deciding whether to send the bill to the full Senate for debate.