“Stand Your Ground” Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications
of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force Hearing
Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the
Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights

Date: September 17, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226

(Room location is tentative; please check Senate Judiciary Committee website to confirm – http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/)

Description: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, will hold a hearing to examine “stand your ground” laws that have significantly expanded the permissible use of deadly force and that have been adopted in 26 states since 2005. The hearing will examine the way these laws were promoted across the country, the impact of the laws on public safety and civil rights, the “shoot first” mentality that such laws produce, and the concerns posed by the laws in light of the gun lobby’s aggressive efforts in Congress and in statehouses to expand concealed carrying of guns. Hearing witnesses will urge reconsideration of “stand your ground” laws in light of these developments. Hearing witnesses will also urge Congressional vigilance against continued efforts by the gun lobby to make changes to federal gun laws that will exacerbate the troubling impacts of “stand your ground” laws.

Statements for the Record: Chairman Durbin invites advocates and stakeholders to offer their perspectives and experiences on the issue by submitting written testimony to be included in the hearing record. These statements help educate Subcommittee members about the issue and are important to demonstrating community interest. Statements must be less than 10 pages, in a PDF or Word Document, and should be emailed to Stephanie Trifone at Stephanie_Trifone@Judiciary-dem.Senate.gov as early as possible, but no later than Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Please note that the Subcommittee cannot accept previously published information as a statement for the record.

Hearing Attendance: This hearing is open to the public. Please encourage advocates and interested members of the community to attend. A large audience filling both the hearing room and overflow room is critical to showing interest in the issue. For our planning purposes, please provide an estimate of the number of attendees from your organization by filling out this form. If it is not feasible to estimate the number of attendees from your organization, please send the link to the form to members so that they may individually RSVP for the hearing.

Senator Dick Durbin is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all constitutional issues, and all legislation and policy related to civil rights, civil liberties and human rights. The Ranking Member of the Subcommittee is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Link to the Subcommittee home page: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/constitution.cfm

Submitted by: Million Hoodies

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