Professor: State law allows self-defense, but there are limitations

INDEPENDENT MAIL, 23 JANUARY 2017, FEAT. PROF. KENNETH GAINES:

South Carolina residents have the right to defend themselves, including with the use of lethal force, when they are in their home, business or vehicle.

A 2006 law called the Protection of Persons and Property Act solidified, and in some cases expanded, South Carolina’s castle (or stand your ground) doctrine, said Kenneth Gaines, an associate law professor at the University of South Carolina.

The 2006 law removed any duty to retreat and allows people to defend themselves if they believe that they can prevent physical harm or the commission of a violent crime, Gaines said.

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