Florida first state to enact ‘stand your ground’ gun law…

Florida first state to enact “stand your ground” gun law

Bill: SB436 (PDF)

Sponsored by Rep. Baxley, and signed into law in 2005, SB436 (substitute HB249) is the first “Stand Your Ground” law in the United States. SB436 (Chapter No. 2005-27 -SJ 00585) authorizes a person to use force, including deadly force, against an intruder or attacker in a dwelling, residence, or vehicle under certain circumstances; creates a presumption that a reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm exists; creates a presumption that a person acts with the intent to use force or violence; provides that a person is justified in using deadly force under certain circumstances; and declares that a person has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force in certain circumstances.

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