Arizona No Retreat Law
The Arizona Daily Star has published an opinion piece highlighting the newspaper's concerns over pending legislation known as the No Retreat Law.
Self-defense gun bills are gifts to gangsters
Our view: Shifting the burden of proof to the state, rather than the shooter, turns the current law-and-order rule on its head
Bee's bill, which seems to be modeled after one created by the National Rifle Association and now being pushed in 11 states, is sometimes called a "no retreat" law. It permits someone to shoot in self-defense, as Pearce's bill does, but then it takes a leap and says that if a person says the shooting was done in self-defense, it's up to the prosecutor to prove otherwise.
I guess from their shock that Arizona has yet to discover the presumption of innocence concept. In the rest of the country one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If that is not the situation in Arizona I would hope that some legislator would rectify it ASAP.
The opinion article goes on to claim that this bill would usher in anarchy. Florida already has such a law so I would think they would have sited the examples of anarchy in that state to bolster their argument, unless there are none. Similar claims were made when the concealed carry laws were being passed. Now 38 states have them and none of the predictions of doom by the hand wringers have materialized. What is it about self defense that causes these folk to wet themselves so?
Update 1 May, 2009: No Retreat Law in Montana and Florida
Carnival of Cordite #46