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Originally published Friday, January 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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WA lawmaker withdraws bill after threats

A Washington state lawmaker has withdrawn a bill to limit self-defense rights after receiving threats by telephone and email that she says have made her fear for her life.

Associated Press

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OLYMPIA, Wash. —

A Washington state lawmaker has withdrawn a bill to limit self-defense rights after receiving threats by telephone and email that she says have made her fear for her life.

House Bill 1012, filed last month by Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, would have required a person to retreat from a dangerous confrontation if he or she "knows or should know" that doing so would afford him "complete safety."

Appleton said she pursued the bill in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting incident last February in Florida, in which the shooter, George Zimmerman, was initially not arrested because of that state's "stand your ground" law.

Washington is one of at least 29 states with no explicit duty to retreat.

The threats against Appleton were non-specific but "very scary," said her assistant, Donna Bezon.

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