04-05-2005, 12:41 PM #1
Better think twice before messin with us Floridians....lol
Florida Law Expands Right to Kill in Self-Defense
By Michael Peltier
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - People in Florida will be allowed to kill in self-defense on the street without trying to flee under a new law passed by state politicians on Tuesday that critics say will bring a Wild West mentality and innocent deaths.
The Florida House of Representatives, citing the need to allow people to "stand their ground," voted 94-20 to codify and expand court rulings that already allow people to use deadly force to protect themselves in their homes without first trying to escape.
The new bill goes further by allowing citizens to use deadly force in a public place if they have a reasonable belief they are in danger of death or great bodily harm. It applies to all means of force that may result in death, although the legislative debate focused on guns.
The "Stand Your Ground" bill passed the Senate last week on a 39-0 vote and now goes to Republican Gov. Jeb Bush, who indicated he will sign it.
"This is about meeting force with force," said House sponsor Republican state Rep. Dennis Baxley of Ocala. "If I'm attacked, I should not have to retreat."
Critics have few objections to allowing people to protect themselves from intruders in their homes but said the provision making it easier to use deadly force in public gives gun owners a license to kill.
"For a House that talks about the culture of life it's ironic that we would be devaluing life in this bill," said Democratic state Rep. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach. "That's exactly what we're doing."
Like many states, Florida courts have ruled that people have a right to defend themselves in their homes. Florida courts have expanded that "Castle Doctrine" to include employees in their workplaces and drivers who are attacked in their automobiles.
Outside the home, however, courts have ruled that most victims must at least attempt to escape before using deadly force, a provision gun advocates say puts victims at greater risk. The proposal removes that requirement if a person has a reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm.
Critics say the measure could lead to racially motivated killings and promote deadly escalations of arguments.
"All this bill will do is sell more guns and possibly turn Florida into the OK Corral," said Democratic state Rep. Irv Slosberg of Boca Raton.
04-05-2005, 01:06 PM #2
gotta love the bushes always ready to kill someone, i think that is great.
04-05-2005, 01:09 PM #3
i think its a good idea
04-05-2005, 01:09 PM #4
I'm movin' to Fla!
04-05-2005, 01:10 PM #5
deff going to fl when i get back
04-05-2005, 01:10 PM #6
I wish they would pass one where you could stand your gound in public...
04-05-2005, 01:11 PM #7
it should be like that everywhere you should be able kill anyone who tries to break into your car, or house.
04-05-2005, 01:50 PM #8
wow, the inner city crime rate will drop now that the gangstas can kill each other legally, this is brilliant, we should do it nationwide...
04-05-2005, 02:33 PM #9
keep your eye on the sparrow...............
04-05-2005, 03:14 PM #10Senior Member
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Yes!!! Kick Ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Im a bouts ta bust a cap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
04-05-2005, 03:17 PM #11
I'd be more worried about 97 year old Mr or Mrs Bergstein behind the wheel of their Caddy, a moving lethal weapon
04-05-2005, 03:22 PM #12
Thats how roll 'round here.
04-05-2005, 03:24 PM #13
in a Caddy?
04-05-2005, 03:29 PM #14
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