WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) sent a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to clarify recent comments attacking “Stand Your Ground Laws.”

Gardner’s letter comes one week after the Attorney General gave a speech that called into question self-defense provisions like Stand Your Ground Laws. In the letter, Gardner called Holder’s comments “highly disturbing,” noting that they raised serious constitutional questions and threaten the ability of people to protect themselves.   

“You have recently claimed that there is a duty to retreat, but this is a relatively new concept which would be better called a duty to live in fear,” Gardner wrote in the letter. “Questioning principles like self-defense will not go unnoticed. It is my sincere hope that the Department of Justice does not intend to circumvent Congress and move forward with administration action that undermines self-defense protections.” 

Gardner has been a leading proponent of self-defense provisions in the past. As a Colorado State Representative, he introduced legislation that would expand the state’s “Make My Day Law” to cover places of business in addition to homes. “Law abiding citizens should not live in fear that they will be prosecuted for protecting themselves,” Gardner said.

In the letter, Gardner pushed for clarification of the Attorney General’s comments and requested assurance that the Justice Department does not intend to interfere with state self-defense provisions.

The full letter is available here


Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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