FL’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Spreads to Other States


A year-old Florida law sanctioning the use of deadly force to defend against muggers, carjackers or other assailants outside the home is rapidly being adopted by other states and already is being raised as a defense in at least three shootings in Florida, reports Stateline.org. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Dakota have followed Florida's lead in enacting the controversial “stand your ground” laws, and Arizona and Idaho have adopted slightly less strict versions of the law.

Similar bills are pending in 16 other states, including in Michigan, where the state House on a 91-to-15 vote on April 25 sent a measure to the Republican-controlled state Senate. The “stand your ground” measures, being pushed by the National Rifle Association, have been rejected in a handful of states, including gun-friendly Wyoming and Virginia.

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