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  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    National organization advocating individual rights, by litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States. Position papers, updates on legislation, how to obtain legal advice.
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
    Devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities. The Brady Campaign works to pass and enforce sensible federal and state gun laws, regulations, and public policies through grassroots activism, electing public officials who support common sense gun laws, and increasing public awareness of gun violence.
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  • National Rifle Association (NRA)
    "The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American non-profit 501(c)(4) organization which advocates for the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights and the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States..."
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    The Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the lobbying arm of the NRA. Established in 1975, ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.


  • Stand-Your-Ground Law, Wikipedia
    "A stand-your-ground law states that a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat..."
  • Castle Doctrine, Wikipedia
    "A Castle Doctrine (also known as a Castle Law or a Defense of Habitation Law) is an American legal doctrine that designates a person's abode (or, in some states, any place legally occupied, such as a car or place of work) as a place in which the person has certain protections and immunities and may in certain circumstances attack an intruder without becoming liable to prosecution..."
  • Jansen, Steven. "Castle Doctrine." The Encyclopedia of Housing. Ed. Andrew T. Carswell. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2012. 50-51. SAGE knowledge.
    "The Castle Doctrine is a common law theory of justification, which allows an individual to use reasonable force, up to deadly force if necessary, to defend self or others in the home against the attack of intruders. The American-based theory of Castle Doctrine can be traced back to early English common law. The doctrine's name originates from the common adage “Every man's house is his castle.”

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