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Governor Scott Approves Changes to 'Stand Your Ground' law

Florida Stand Your Ground Law.jpgLast week, Gov. Rick Scott approved a measure that expands protections for self-defense homicide cases under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. Senate Bill 128, which shifts the burden of proof from the defendant to the prosecution, was affirmed by an overwhelming majority of the House in April and a vote of 22-14 in the Senate last month.

Florida Shooters are Still Walking Free

floridagun.gifState legislators sold "Stand Your Ground" as a legal protection for law-abiding Floridians who were forced to defend their family and property. House speaker Will Weatherford stated he wouldn't be opposed to legislation changing Florida's controversial self-defense law, as long as the state's law enforcement advised that changes are needed. But at the 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, Florida sheriffs voted in support of the "Stand Your Ground" law. It has recently been stated by the FSA that only 57 of the 67 sherrifs were present at the time of voting. Scott Israel, one of the sheriffs absent at the time, has recently come out in opposition to the supposedly unanimous vote. FSA President and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd stated that, "The right to self-defense is well-established in law. The Florida Sheriffs confirmed this position by voting unanimously, at the 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, to support the Stand Your Ground law as it is currently written." 

Joining the NRA to Overturn Teen Gun Restrictions

A person may join the armed services as young as seventeen with parental consent. In that service, the person will be trained in the use of automatic weapons and may well wield them in the defense of this nation. However, a 1968 federal gun ban on adults ages 18 to 20 prevents the same individual from purchasing a handgun from an authorized dealer.

Protests Commence at Capitol Hill

protests in washington dcThe much controversial trial of George Zimmerman ended on July 12, 2013 when a jury of six acquitted Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's defense throughout the trial self-defense, built originally on the Stand Your Ground law. The verdict created as much controversy as the trial, and the effects were felt throughout Florida and the rest of the country. On July 16, a protest by a politically-driven group called the Dream Defenders began quietly protesting inside the Capitol building. Until now, the overtime security has cost taxpayers $100,000, but there has been no violence. During the day hours, the protestors are free to come and go in the entire building, but at night they must remain in designated areas. 

The Future of Gun Laws in Florida

The state of Florida has always been at the top of the list for the number of criminal offenders that are convicted and serving time in prison. Florida has many gun laws, not necessarily strict, which has caused non-violent offenders to have sentences that are 167 percent over the national average. The gun laws in Florida serve in self-defense for the shooter, which gives them a strange perspective when you look at the laws. The recent controversial trial and possible acquittal for George Zimmerman in the trial of the death of Trayvon Martin creates a perfect example of the complicated view of gun laws. Zimmerman's attorneys use laws of self-defense, which created controversy across the country. The Stand Your Ground law was sought primarily Zimmerman's to be his defense, but the trial also opened the doors of racial profiling and aggressive force in defense with a firearm. 

What Happens in States Without Stand Your Ground Type Laws?

In recent news, the controversial question of using hand guns as a form of protection for private citizens came to the forefront of Florida media with the controversial shooting of Trayvon Martin in the summer of 2012. Florida has had a "Stand your Ground" law on the books since 2005 as a means of protection for your family and home in the midst of being physically threatened by another person. The general public across the country is now more insecure than ever because of recent incidents, including the George Zimmerman/ Trayvon Martin case and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn. More than one million new gun permits have been issued to Florida residents alone in the past few months. 

Is Stand Your Ground Law Facing Possible Changes?

george zimmerman smiling in courtA Florida task force is reviewing the data surrounding the "Stand Your Ground" law. However, an educator who reported on the study related that a variety of factors affect the conclusions regarding the law. The task force cannot make a final decision on the law's effectiveness due to insufficient information. Some of the data reviewed include effects on crime and tourism. The study also considered gun ownership trends. The Florida governor implemented the study after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The highly charged political incident propelled the state's heated discussions over gun laws into national attention. Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader. Zimmerman insisted he was defending himself but was eventually charged with second-degree murder. Residents across the nation clamored for the charges, which also resulted in the assignment of a special prosecutor to the case. 

"Stand Your Ground" Law Often Stands Up in Court

In 2005, Florida enacted the "Stand Your Ground Law" which gives the right of its citizens to protect themselves should they feel threatened by another person. The law specifically states that, under certain circumstances, individuals need not retreat and can use whatever force necessary, including deadly force, to protect them or their property from harm. However, the law does not allow an individual to pursue another individual and claim self-defense under the law. 

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