By NORMA LOVE
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Deadly force will continue to be a viable first option for someone defending themselves or others in a public place regardless whether they could safely retreat from the threat after the Senate voted effectively to keep New Hampshire's stand-your-ground law.
The Senate voted 19-5 Thursday to table a bill that repeals a law that allows people to use deadly force to defend themselves any place they have a right to be without having a duty to retreat.
The Senate is expected to let the bill die without further action.
The bill would return the law to one based on the Castle Doctrine, which says a person does not have to retreat from intruders at home before using deadly force. Current law expanded that principle to public places.
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