State law officials explain new self-defense law

Nov 08, 2013 -- 11:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Concerns over Alaska's new self-defense law were aired during a presentation by state law officials. John Skidmore, director of the state Department of Law's criminal division, says the law means individuals can use deadly force in self-defense in any place they have a right to be. The bill passed the Legislature earlier this year and went into effect in September. At the meeting Thursday at an Anchorage middle school, Skidmore says people no longer have a duty to retreat. Channel-2 News reports NAACP Anchorage President Wanda Laws doesn't agree with the bill. She says the organization believes there is room in it that would allow vigilantism and that people can misinterpret the law.

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