Last evening the Florida House conducted a public hearing, judiciary committee debate, and committee vote on HB-4003, which would have done away with Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law by repealing Florida statute 776.013. Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.
The outcome was that HB-4003 was soundly defeated in committee, thereby ending the effort to repeal Stand-Your-Ground in this year’s legislative session.
Also covered tonight was HB-89. This bill proposes to exclude defensive uses of force from Florida’s strict “10-20-Life” mandatory minimum sentencing law. The committee overwhelmingly voted to advance HB-89 (of the 13 judiciary committee members, only one voted against).
For a more comprehensive analysis of the hearing, including the actual text of the bills, see my post over at Legal Insurrection:
Video of the actual debate among the judiciary committee members, and a couple of selected commentaries from the public–including Eric Friday of Florida Carry and Marion Hammer of the NRA–will follow shortly, so keep your eyes open for that.
Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.
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