stand your ground law

stand your ground law

In the United States, a law that allows one to use force that would otherwise be illegal against a person that they perceive as posing an immediate threat of serious bodily harm. The name comes from the idea that one can "stand one's ground" rather than retreat. The shooter's state has a stand your ground law, so it's unlikely he'll face any charges, even though the man he shot was unarmed.
See also: ground, law, stand
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Owing to Florida's Stand Your Ground law, it is unlikely the customer who fired his gun will face any criminal charges for his actions.
But prosecutors still will have a high hurdle to overcome in showing that Drejka is not immune under Florida's stand your ground law, which leaves too much chance for unwarranted killings to go unpunished.
Siwatu showed her legal, permitted, unloaded handgun in an attempt to scare off the attacker, as allowed by Michigans Stand Your Ground law. She did not fire the unloaded gun and no one was harmed.
Since 1998, the Florida Legislature has passed 30 NRA-sponsored bills, including the nation's first Stand Your Ground law, according to a recent New Yorker article.
These include legislation that would allow guns on school campuses, that would punish business owners who prohibit people from carrying concealed weapons on their property, and that would expand Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
Ross also tried to use the stand your ground law on Tuesday before entering the plea deal.
The author also devotes significant space to an updated explanation of Florida's self-defense laws, including the 2014 legislative changes made to Florida's Stand Your Ground law. This chapter explains the forcible felony rule, the initial aggressor rule, deadly and nondeadly force, road rage, and possible future judicial interpretations of recent statutory amendments.
In Section II, this Article will present an overview of what, precisely, a Stand Your Ground statute actually encompasses and permits, as many misconceptions have arisen as to the effect of a Stand Your Ground law. (15) Due to the position many political groups have taken, (16) as well as inaccurate news reporting by the media, there is a mistaken belief that Stand Your Ground laws allow a shooter to become "judge, jury, and executioner." (17)
While many progressives have conceded that it may be difficult to prove that Zimmerman violated Florida's Stand Your Ground law, that does not lead them to conclude that murdering Trayvon Martin was moral.
Michael Band, a criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor explained the Stand Your Ground law this way to The New York Times: "Whether there was a shotgun is not nearly as important under the law as whether Mr.
"The jury did their very best but they were hamstrung by Florida's Stand Your Ground law," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a non-profit group created in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012.
Florida was the first state to adopt a stand your ground law in 2005 in response to the inevitable looting that follows hurricanes and other natural disasters." The Florida Legislature intended to provide assurance to homeowners that the law would protect them in the event that they had to defend against an attacker with deadly force.
Even though the Stand Your Ground law in Florida played no part in Zimmerman's defense (because Zimmerman could not have retreated, except into pavement), the gun control groups and the liberal mainstream media insisted that this was the consequence of such a law: an angelic, innocent child murdered by a wannabe cop.
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