Bill to repeal ‘Stand your ground’ in committee


Lee’s note:  This just arrived from the Unified Sportsmen of Florida. The House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a hearing next week on a bill that would repeal “Stand your ground.”

Here’s the press release from the USF:

URGENT ! Bill to REPEAL Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground in Committee

YOUR ACTION NEEDED NOW !!Unified-Sportsmen-Of-Florida-logo

DATE:   November 1, 2013
TO:       USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM:  Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President

WHERE:     Florida House Criminal Justice Committee Hearing
WHEN:       Thursday, November 7, 2013 at  3:00pm
WHAT:        Bills on the Agenda  —  HB-4003 by Williams and HB-89 by Combee

WE OPPOSE HB-4003 by Rep. Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee).  HB-4003 is a REPEALER bill that will repeal the “Stand Your Ground” law.  The bill would repeal provisions of our self-defense laws relating to home protection & use of deadly force.  It would once again put the law on the side of criminals.

The repeal would re-impose the “duty to retreat” and give protection to criminals by denying victims the right to fight back without first trying to run away.  It would remove the law that allows you to stand your ground and fight back in the face of an attack likely to cause death or great bodily harm.  This a bill to protect criminals.

WE SUPPORT HB-89 by Rep. Neil Combee (R-Auburndale) & Rep. Katie Edwards (D-Sunrise)  HB-89 is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.

Some anti-gun, anti-self-defense prosecutors have been abusing the 10-20-LIFE law to prosecute average citizens who displayed a weapon or gun in self-defense to make an attacker back off.

Average citizens who never would have been in the system if they had not been attacked and in fear for their own safety, are being persecuted and prosecuted for defending themselves.  Because citizens took responsibility for their own safety, some prosecutors treat them like criminals and make them victims of a judicial system that is no longer about justice but rather about the whim or politics of prosecutors.

10-20-Life was passed to be used against criminals who use guns in the commission or attempted commission of crimes — NOT average citizens who use threats of force to defend themselves rather than actual force. 


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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. It’s time Floridians rid themselves of the quisling enemy in their service and elect Americans to office..

    yank lll

  2. James A. Farmer on

    The voters of Florida need to unite together and oust these socialist anti-gun
    Bolsheviks out next election! This is nothing more than elitist class warfare!
    Read my two online commentaries via the Ashland Daily Tidings (Ashland, Oregon)
    addressing this. They include: “Anti-gun agenda is class warfare”: ADT: Friday,
    January 9th, 2009 and “The War on America’s gun owners”: ADT: Monday, August
    3, 2009, respectively. These both remain archived at Enter
    into “search Tidings.” No. This “LBJ/KGB” style Soviet socialist/colletivism
    must be dealt with aggressively. And the sooner, the better! —– James A. Farmer
    Ashland, Oregon

  3. Oooooh..good….If they lose that law me and the homeboys will leave this cold,dark Detroit city and move down to sunny Florida where we can ply our trade without fear of getting capped. There are a lot of grey haired wonders down there that don’t know whether they are on foot or horseback so the pickins should be good. We see you soon and we know where you stay at.

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