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‘Stand-your-ground’ law faces challenges, varied interpretation

September 21, 2009

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Over the past four years, courts and judges have formed widely varying interpretations of Florida’s self-defense law. Now, some legal experts are suggesting the legislature should revise the current law.

The experts claim the current law is too ambiguous, however some of their suggested revisions could be seen as an infringement on 2nd amendment rights.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

“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.

“We’re going to have to watch it play out over time,” he said, noting that it can take years of court rulings to determine the interpretation of a new law.

“The thing that makes it serious is that people are being harmed or killed,” he said.

Does ‘stand-your-ground’ law have people jumping the gun? [Orlando Sentinel]

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