Thursday, March 23, 2006

Kansas gives shoot to kill orders at nuclear plant

My friend Martini sent me this article reporting that Kansas has passed a law allowing nuclear power plant security guards to use lethal force.

Being the nerd I am, I went to the Kansas legislature site and found that 2006 House Bill 2703 |PDF|is the Nuclear Generating Facility Security Guard Act. It reads in relevant part:

[A]n armed nuclear security guard is justified in using physical force up to and including deadly physical force against another person at a nuclear generating facility or structure or fenced yard of a nuclear generating facility if the armed nuclear security guard reasonably believes that such force is necessary to:

(1) Prevent the commission of manslaughter ..., murder in the first degree ..., murder in the second degree ..., aggravated assault ..., kidnapping ..., aggravated kidnapping ..., aggravated burglary ..., arson ..., aggravated arson ..., aggravated robbery ...; or

(2) defend oneself or a third person from the use or imminent use of deadly physical force.

[3] Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, an armed nuclear security guard is justified in threatening to use physical or deadly physical force if and to the extent a reasonable armed nuclear security guard believes it necessary to protect oneself or others against another person’s potential use of physical force or deadly physical force.

[4] No armed nuclear security guard, employer of an armed nuclear security guard or owner of a nuclear generating facility shall be subject to civil liability for conduct of an armed nuclear security guard which is justified pursuant to this act....|PDF|
This may certainly have a chilling effect on political protests at nuclear plants. But the risk of a chilling effect has to be balanced against the need for reasonable protection of nuclear facilities.

1 comment:

Jason said...

Nuclear plants aren't the best spots for protests, anyway, because they are out of the way. Much better to protest at the capitol, or at the company headquarters.