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"Stand Your Ground" Laws Attacked Despite Broad Public Support

Friday, May 11, 2012

In an effort to capitalize on the Trayvon Martin shooting, this week, Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, threatened to offer a so-called "Trayvon Amendment" that would cut funding to states with "stand your ground" laws.  The legislators quickly reversed course when they learned the motion would likely be ruled out of order.

Anti-gun legislators will likely continue to push to overturn "stand your ground" self-defense laws in states like Florida.  Rest assured NRA-ILA will be there to fight them.

Florida's "stand your ground" law says a person has "the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm."

The public strongly supports "stand your ground" self-defense laws.  As reported this week in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, a recent opinion poll revealed that a majority of Florida voters support the state's law.  In fact, the vast majority of states do not impose a duty to retreat from criminal attack and most Americans support laws that clarify this common law, common-sense rule.

NRA will continue to work to protect self-defense laws currently on the books and advocate for their passage in those states that do not fully respect this fundamental right.

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