Statement from the NRA on Self-Defense Laws

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Statement from the NRA on Self-Defense Laws

FAIRFAX, Va. –-( The National Rifle Association always has and always will advocate the passage and preservation of self-defense laws.

The alternative leaves the innocent in danger.

The vast majority of states do not impose a “duty to retreat” and most Americans support laws that clarify that Common Law, common-sense right. It empowers lawful people to defend themselves and deters would-be murderers, rapists, and robbers.

It’s a natural right. No law “gives” it or can take it away. It’s yours. It works. And its only alternative – the idea that distant, disinterested third parties can dictate after the fact that “you must retreat” – will never be accepted by the American people.

For these reasons, the National Rifle Association will work to protect self-defense laws on the books and advocate for their passage in those states that do not fully respect this fundamental right.

About NRA

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit:

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The NRA supported the NFA of 1934, the GCA of 1968 and the ban on sales of new machines guns of 1986. How do those laws promote self-defense? I guess the NRA supports both self-defense laws and anti-firearms laws.

Charmaine KLaus

The Castle Law that is in effect in most of the states allows the citizens to use deadly force to defend themselves and family without being made a victim again in the court system. A criminal is innpocent until proven guilty, but a victim who defended themselves against the criminal was guilty until proven innocent in a court of law. The Castle law has changed this in support of the citizen victimized by the criminal.