Tennessee bill: Person using force in self-defense immune from criminal, civil liability

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) --Legislation proposed in the Tennessee General Assembly would provide both civil and criminal immunity for a person who uses or threatens force in self-defense.

Rep. Bruce Griffey, R-Paris, introduced HB409 on Thursday. The bill clarifies a person who uses force in self-defense could not be criminally prosecuted for using force. This includes any detainment, arrest, charging, indicting or any other "adverse" action against the person under local, state or federal law.

The bill also states anyone using force in self-defense is immune from civil action from the person committing the crime, one of their personal representatives or heirs.

The liability does not extend to use of force on a law enforcement officer whom identified themselves, or if the person using self-defense should have reasonably known it was an officer.

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