HB 67, sponsored by Delegate Conaway, proposes to change the circumstances under which, “self defense” may be claimed in a court proceeding. The bill adds the following language to Maryland code:
A PERSON CHARGED WITH A CRIME UNDER THIS ARTICLE MAY ASSERT THE DEFENSE OF SELF–DEFENSE ONLY IF THE PERSON, WHEN ATTACKED:
(1) DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO RETREAT OR ESCAPE THE DANGER; OR
(2) COULD NOT RETREAT OR ESCAPE THE DANGER WHILE MAINTAINING THE PERSON’S SAFETY.
This bill is likely a reaction to the controversy over, “stand your ground” laws.
Hearing 1/28, 1:00 p.m. HEARING CANCELED
Update: unfavorable report, withdrawn.