After more than four years, police, prosecutors, and the courts are struggling to interpret Florida’s stand-your-ground law, which allows the use of deadly force for self-defense, the Orlando Sentinel reports. One veteran prosecutor said the law is so broad that residents are not only using it to protect themselves but are becoming judge and jury by their actions. “The intent was for somebody to be able to protect themselves, not to take justice into their own hands,” said Wayne Holmes, chief of staff for Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Norman Wolfinger. For that reason, he said, the law might need to go back to the Legislature for revisions. “The thing that makes it serious is that people are being harmed or killed,” he said.
How many times the law has been used as a defense and how many people have been killed or injured isn’t known. Being granted immunity under the stand-your-ground law doesn’t mean a person won’t face prosecution. In Ormond Beach last week, Dayne Rollins shot two men and a woman after a home-invasion robbery at his residence. He won’t be charged with shooting the three, but he might be charged with possessing a short-barreled shotgun because the weapon he used had been illegally altered.