“Stand Your Ground”: Florida Gov. Signs Bill As Citizens Take Up Arms

Rick Scott

Florida law now makes it crystal clear that anyone can use deadly force when needed as long as it is in legitimate self-defense.

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a tough new law last week that conservatives are calling a major victory for individual liberty. Florida makes it crystal clear that anyone can use deadly force when needed as long as in legitimate self-defense. The change flips things around to shift the burden of proving wrongdoing onto the prosecutor instead of the victim. A spokesman for the National Rifle Association cheers the law, saying it “restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof back on the state where it belongs.” Up until now, a person had to justify using force in self-defense. Florida’s new law makes the state bring evidence to a pretrial hearing that shows “beyond a reasonable doubt” the specific use ...

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