Some state lawmakers are looking to extend Georgia's already robust laws protecting citizens who own guns or act in self-defense. House Bill 998 would allow gun owners to keep a gun in their car when parked, even if a business bans guns from their parking lot. Senate Bill 396 would mirror a law passed in Florida last year, ensuring that anyone who is attacked while behaving lawfully would have the right to "stand their ground" and defend himself or herself. The law would authorize deadly force if the attack could reasonably be considered life-threatening. Sen. Greg Goggans, R-Douglas, said he followed the debate in Florida last year about the so-called "Castle Doctrine," named for the idea that one's home is one's castle. Unlike Florida, Georgia has long allowed citizens to defend their homes and property without any obligation to avoid a deadly confrontation. But it does not extend the same to defending oneself out in public, Goggans said. "This is just to say, if a person is in a place they legally have a right to be, they have the right to defend themselves, with force if necessary, and don't have an obligation to flee," Goggans said. Goggans said he discussed the idea when meeting with citizens and groups this
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