In 2011 the “Castle Doctrine” law went into effect in North Carolina. This law allows anyone to use "deadly
force" if they feel threatened without the fear of civil or criminal accountability. This law extended far past someone's "castle" and includes their car and office.
On February 26, 2012 this country experienced the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, the teenager shot and killed while armed with nothing more than a bag of skittles. A similar law in Florida protected Trayvon’s shooter for far too long.
Yet Trayvon was not the first (or last) victim of these vigilante laws. Since passing in 2005, the number of “justifiable” deaths has almost tripled to an average of 35 a year, an increase of 283% from 2005-2010. In fact, Florida's Stand Your Ground Law been used to free gang members, drug dealers and even people who shot their victims in the back.
In South Carolina since enacting its “Shoot First” law, so-called ‘justifiable homicides’ increased in the state -- 45% compared to the four years prior. It's not too late to prevent this tragedy and injustice in North Carolina.