What is Oklahoma's ‘Stand Your Ground' law?

What is Oklahoma's ‘Stand Your Ground' law?

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Legislature passed its “Stand Your Ground” law in 2006 to give citizens expanded rights when it comes to safety and self-defense.

Under the law, a person is presumed to have reasonable fear of imminent death or harm when using extreme force for self-defense against someone who unlawfully enters their home, workplace or place of worship.

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The bill has been expanded since its passage and states Oklahoma citizens "have a right to expect absolute safety within their own homes, places of business or place of worship." It did not include places of worship until 2018.

When does it not apply?

Stand Your Ground does not apply when:

"1. The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not a protective order from domestic violence in effect or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact against that person;
2. The person or persons sought to be removed are children or grandchildren, or are otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of, the person against whom the defensive force is used; or
3. The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity or is using the dwelling, residence, occupied vehicle, place of business or place of worship to further an unlawful activity."

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