President Obama Cosponsored Stand-Your-Ground Law As An Illinois Senator?

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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In 2004, when President Barack Obama was an Illinois senator, he co-sponsored a stand-your-ground law, according to the Washington Times.

Just last week, the president gave a press conference in which he said stand-your-ground laws might need closer examination in the wake of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting trial.

“And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?" Obama said. "And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”

But these laws did not seem that ambiguous to Obama in 2004. He supported SB 2386, which “provides that it is an affirmative defense to a violation of a municipal ordinance that prohibits, regulates or restricts the private ownership of firearms if the individual who is charged with the violation used the firearm in an act of self-defense or defense of another. Effective immediately.”

According to the 93rd General Assembly, Obama signed on to co-sponsor SB 2386 on March 25, 2004. It was passed into law on July 28, 2004.

While stand your ground was not used as the defense in the Trayvon Martin shooting trial, Zimmerman’s acquittal has left many Americans denouncing the Florida law. There are 22 other states with similar legislation.

“I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that stand your ground laws in Florida were not used as defense of the case,” Obama said Friday. “On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as society in our communities that someone who is armed has a right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from the situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?”

Sources: Washington Times, Inquistr