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Durbin to chair hearing on stand your ground laws in September

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) says that he will hold a hearing on so-called “stand your ground” laws when the Senate returns to session in September.

One of these laws played a key role in the trial surrounding the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin,

The laws are designed to give individuals the right to use lethal force to protect themselves if they feel their life is in danger, without first attempting to retreat from the situation.

Around 30 states currently have some form of “stand your ground” laws on the books.

Durbin is Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.

Durbin’s subcommittee has previously held hearings on hate crimes and racial profiling, among other issues.

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