Stand Your Ground laws upend centuries of traditional self-defense doctrine and are a threat to public safety by upending centuries of traditional self-defense doctrine. These laws encourage armed vigilantism by allowing a person to kill another person to defend himself, even in there is a safe and clear way to avoid the conflict.
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The state of Maine has a strong tradition of gun ownership. And Maine’s gun owners know that responsible ownership includes keeping guns out of the wrong hands. That’s why 93% of Americans—and the majority of Mainers, regardless of political party—agree: all gun buyers should pass a criminal background check.
Loopholes in the law make it easy for dangerous people in New Mexico to get guns sold by unlicensed sellers, contributing to preventable violence — from mass shootings to deadly domestic abuse to suicides to shootings of law enforcement officers.
Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to demonstrate that the District of Columbia's public-carry law--which requires a showing of good cause or special need prior to issuance of a concealed carry license--does not violate the constitutional right to bear arms and is consistent with a centuries long Anglo-American tradition.