NAACP Responds to Texas A&M Study Showing Danger of Stand-Your-Ground Laws

(Baltimore, MD) – A new study by Texas A&M University shows that “Castle Doctrine” and “stand-your-ground” self-defense laws do not deter crime and in fact result in increased rates of homicide.

“This study provides further evidence that “stand-your-ground” legislation does more harm than good,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Too often these laws provide cover for vigilantes and hate groups who choose to take the law into their own hand. They have led to an increase in homicides, and people of color seem to always get caught in the crossfire.”

The study finds that these laws increase murder and manslaughter by a statistically significant 7 to 9 percent. The study also finds that they have no “meaningful deterrence” on theft-related crimes. The study can be found here.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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