Stand Your Ground in Indian Country

January 23, 2017
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Beus Center for Law and Society – Great Hall
111 E. Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004


After over 10 years of Stand Your Ground laws, the data on the controversial self-defense law is in and the results are not very impressive. Stand Your Ground laws increase homicides, have no deterrent on serious crimes, result in racial disparities in the criminal justice system and impede law enforcement.  Those were some of the findings from a national study by the American Bar Association National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws, which released its report and recommendations in 2015.

Since the nation’s first Stand Your Ground legislation was signed into law in 2005, a total of 33 states now have similar laws, including Arizona. Stand Your Ground has changed the legal definition of self-defense because it eliminates the duty to retreat rule.

As sovereign nations, Tribes are uniquely positioned when it comes to pursuing gun regulation, both in scope and implementation.  While the Second Amendment does not apply to Tribes, federal law affects how Tribes can regulate gun control.  Further, Tribes should be aware of how state laws impact tribal citizens living, working, and travelling off reservation.

This event will include a screening of the award winning documentary “3 1/2 Minutes: 10 Bullets,” followed by a panel discussion regarding Stand Your Ground laws, including how Tribes and tribal members are affected by such laws, both on and off tribal land.




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