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“I am here to tell you there was no ground to stand, there was no threat,” Ms. McBath said Tuesday. “No one was trying to invade his home, his vehicle, nor threaten him or his family.”

But “stand your ground” proponents noted that governors in 20 states, including eight Democrats, have signed self-defense statutes, and that some of the country’s most violent places are not covered by the law.

“If Sen. Durbin is truly interested in making Americans safer, he should compel Attorney General Eric Holder to testify over what Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called the federal government’s “horrible” effort of prosecuting criminals with firearms in Chicago — America’s murder capital in Durbin’s home state,” said Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.