Bill that would have given residents rights to defend themselves from attackers using 'deadly force'
State Lawmakers killed a bill Wednesday that would have given residents more rights to defend themselves and their families from attackers by using deadly force within their own homes.
Currently, victims can only justify killing an attacker if they believe the suspect has intent of killing, kidnapping, or raping them.
The bill would've allowed victims to justify the use of deadly force on someone unlawfully in their home if they believe they could be physically harmed or assaulted.
The Honolulu Police Department opposed the bill saying it would've set an "extremely low standard" to justify the use of deadly force and is an invitation for future deadly events.