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April 2, 2012

With the NRA having its personal state senator in Greg Evers and his predecessor, Durell Peaden, Florida has become a haven for guns as the NRA, Evers and Peaden have gotten nearly every gun law possible passed—including Stand Your Ground.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida has about 900,000 licensed concealed weapons carriers, far more than any other state and nearly twice as many as Texas.

Since 1998, annual applications for concealed gun licenses has more than quadrupled —from 26,800 to 123,000 since 1998.

The number of “justifiable homicides” — typically shooting deaths deemed legal under stand your ground — has tripled in the last seven years.

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  • Jim April 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Stand your ground is found in chapter 776 of Florida Statutes and it is here where you’ll find why Zimmerman has not been arrested:

    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—(1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.
    (2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.
    (3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).
    History.—s. 4, ch. 2005-27.

  • Eric Stevenson April 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Stand Your Ground is not a gun law. It doesn’t mention guns or firearms anywhere in the statute.