Prediction: Gun Lobby Strength Means Stand Your Ground Laws Here to Stay


A legacy of the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin may be to buttress the use of firearms in self-defense, says the Christian Science Monitor. Many worry that expansive new self-defense laws in the states could become vehicles for people to express their personal prejudices with gun violence. “Non-gun owners are questioning Stand Your Ground laws [ ] [b]ut the gun lobby is too strong to allow such laws to be repealed,” says UCLA law Prof. Adam Winkler, author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” “For better or worse, stand your ground laws are here to stay.”

First passed in Florida in 2005 and now law in more than half the states, “stand your ground” laws are designed to stop prosecutors who seek to bring charges against gun owners who shoot someone and claim self-defense.

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