Many states have laws similar to Florida’s, which basically states a person is justified in using deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to themselves or others. It also states a person does not have a duty to retreat as long as they are in a place where they have the right to be. However, where is the line between self-defense and a crime?
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The Florida legislature passed a reinforced “Stand Your Ground” law in 2017. The new law stems from prosecutorial abuses, where people who are clearly justified in using force for self defense, are put through the criminal justice system, even though the chance of a conviction in the courts is slim.
The “Godfather of Stand Your Ground” in Florida—Rep. Dennis Baxley—has introduced a new bill to make the legal footing for self-defense shooters in the state even firmer. Click to read about his new bill.
U.S. Law Shield is offering a free e-book that covers a quick overview of Stand Your Ground laws.
This compilation of the most-read Shooter’s Log articles from the last quarter talks about a range of topics, from gun taxes to the sticky issue of legal deadly force to how to buy an AK-47. Click the headlines to check them out for yourself.
Now over 20 states have some form of no duty to retreat law. Misinterpreted as “shoot first” laws, many people do not understand that a Stand your Ground Law is simply an extension of the Castle Doctrine. It is not a shoot first ask questions later law. One cannot shoot simply because they are afraid. In all justified homicides, in the public domain and in your home, the person you shoot must have the ability to harm you, the opportunity, and have put you in jeopardy. You cannot legally apply unreasonable force.