Mexican State Passes Law Expanding Right to Kill in Self-Defense

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - May 30, 2017, 11:41 am
Congressman Marcos Mendoza Vázquez argued that the citizens of Nuevo Leon live in fear of the widespread violence of the region. (Flickr)

EspañolOne of the world’s most violent countries is trying to give its people more power to protect themselves.

The state of Nuevo León, Mexico has approved a reform that would provide greater protection of individuals using self-defense.

Congressman Marcos Mendoza Vázquez, in an explanatory statement, said that citizens of Nuevo León have expressed their almost constant fear of falling victim to widespread violence, which has been overwhelming the region for some time. With this new reform, they have more legal freedom to protect themselves.

“What concerns our neighbors the most is that they or their relatives could be injured or lose their lives or freedom for defending themselves against someone who breaks into their home or business to commit a crime,” Mendoza said.

Additionally, he said citizens were also worried about how much they were ignoring the laws when acting in self-defense previously. Now, the reform should ease some of that concern.


“It shall be presumed that the requirements of self-defense are met, regarding whoever rejects the aggressor, at the very moment of initiating or performing acts aimed at entering an inhabited house or apartment, or facilities,” the congressman said.

The modification assists citizens even when they are in a home that is not theirs, if they hold the same responsibility to defend it, or reside in a place where their property is or where there may be goods of others which they have a legal obligation to protect.

Source: El Economista

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