N.H. House considers restricting use of deadly force

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire lawmakers will once again debate the thorny issue of when deadly force is justified.

Two years ago, the Legislature - then controlled by Republicans - passed a law over a governor's veto that expanded the state's law to allow people to use deadly force to defend themselves any place they have a right to be.

Under the old law, people could use deadly force for self-defense in their homes. They also could use it in public to protect themselves or others if they couldn't safely retreat. Deadly force is not limited to a firearm, but could be a knife, baseball bat or other weapon.

House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff is sponsoring legislation to return to the old law.

A House committee holds a hearing on the bill Tuesday.


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