A bill introduced in the North Dakota legislature would make it legal for you to:
- kill someone even if you could safely avoid it by retreating
- kill someone to prevent them from causing $100 worth of damage to your stuff
- kill someone who’s running away from you
Senate Bill 2315, which has been nicknamed the “murder bill,” was introduced by freshman Sen. David Clemens, the star of our list of “Worst North Dakota Politicians of 2016.” During his campaign, he said he wanted to restrict voting because the state is becoming “more diverse.” He is also known for ranting against the “sin” of “sodomites.”
Apparently he has no problem with killing people, though. His new bill creates a new section of state law titled, “Use of deadly force in defense of premises and property.” This new section would let you kill people in order to stop crimes such as “theft” and “criminal mischief.” Criminal mischief, by the way, includes the misdemeanor offense of causing $100 in property damage.
So if your friend has your iPhone, and he’s promising to smash it on a rock because he’s angry at you — under this bill, you can kill him.
Bismarck attorney Tom Dickson tells us, “This new law provides a legal defense if you shoot your neighbor’s kid when he is running down your sidewalk after pilfering a six-pack of beer from a cooler on your porch.”
The bill would also remove the following language from state law:
“The use of deadly force is not justified if it can be avoided, with safety to the actor and others, by retreat or other conduct involving minimal interference with the freedom of the individual menaced.”
So the bill gives you the freedom to kill, even if it’s unnecessary. You can let David Clemens know how you feel about this bill: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The bill is also sponsored by Rep. Sebastian Ertelt, seen here posing with his gun.