Fla. Lawmakers Revisit "Stand Your Ground" Law

In the wake of Trayvon Martin's death, Florida lawmakers are re-visiting the state's "stand your ground" law.

The law was passed in 2005. It's designed to give people the right to fire a gun in self defense, but since it's passage the number of justifiable killings in Florida has nearly tripled.

Now calls are mounting for a special legislative session to put new limits on when it can and cannot be used as a defense.

"Certainly, the law ought to be revisited," said Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg. "It absolutely should be clarified and explained, because I think there's a lot of doubt out there about how it's applied and how people understand when they can really use it."

The law can only be used in situations of self-defense, but there's no hard definition of that type of situation.

Although democrats are calling for a special session to come up with a definition, republicans say they're not ready to do that.

"I think it's very important that we not make an emotional decision based on...that we really look at the facts, we look at the law and the totality of the information that we have at the end of the time that the prosecutors make this report," said Rep. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.

Florida isn't alone with its stand your ground law. Twenty other states have passed similar measures.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
    If someone is breaking into your house, I would agree that you can shoot them---after you've shouted and said I have a gun,maybe fire a warning shot. Cause I'd hate to shoot someones teenager. If someone has come upon your property and they grab up a rake or something and is advancing towards you and verbally threatening you, you can protect your life.I wouldn't hunt this person up in a neighborhood and confront him then shoot him.This law is to loose, yall need to tighten it up a bit.
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