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  • Controversial Florida Judge Claims Legislature does not Have Power to Make "Stand Your Ground" Law

    07/12/2017 2:24:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Controversial Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch, intensely dislikes the "Stand Your Ground" concept. He ruled the legislature does not have to power to regulate the "Stand Your Ground" law. The Florida legislature passed a reinforced "Stand Your Ground" law in 2017.  The new law stems from prosecutorial abuses, where people who are clearly justified in using force for self defense, are put through the criminal justice system, even though the chance of a conviction in the courts is slim.  People charged with a crime faced years of court costs and uncertainty.  It is punishment by process. The legislature removed...
  • 'Stand Your Ground' ruling unconstitutional, judge says (Florida)

    07/03/2017 10:44:16 AM PDT · by rarestia · 149 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Monday, July 03, 2017, 12:28 PM EDT | Staff
    MIAMI -- A judge has ruled that Florida's lawmakers overstepped their authority in updating the state's "Stand Your Ground" ruling. Ruling issued Monday by Miami-Dade circuit judge Was signed into law in June by Gov. Rick Scott In ruling the law unconstitutional, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch said Monday that the changes should have been crafted by the Florida Supreme Court instead of by the Legislature. The Miami Herald reports that the 14-page order is a victory for prosecutors who have firmly opposed the law. Critics have said the law makes it easier for defendants to get away with murder...
  • Fight Back with Jay Howell, 18 June 2017

    06/19/2017 1:14:01 PM PDT · by wku man · 2 replies
    yours truly ^ | 19 June 2017 | Me
    Friday, I had a great interview with Greg Pruett, the founder and President of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance. The ISAA has been successful in getting anti-gun legislators voted out of office, getting city and county gun bans overturned (Idaho has a state pre-emption law, but when did a pesky little thing like the law ever stop penny-ante tyrants?), and in making Idaho the ninth state in the nation to pass a Constitutional carry law. Really, if you don’t know what Constitutional carry is, Google it. Better yet, get a copy of the Constitution and read it.
  • Florida Expands Legal Protections for Those Who Fire a Gun in Self-Defense

    06/13/2017 12:57:22 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 12 replies
    Washington Free Bacon ^ | 06/13/2017 | Stephen Gutowski
    NRA says law 'restores the right of the presumption of innocence and the right of self-defense'! On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed into law new legal protections for individuals who defend themselves with firearms. Senate Bill 128 shifts the burden of proof requirement from the accused to state prosecutors during certain legal proceedings when someone claims he fired a gun in self-defense. The law, which goes into effect immediately, requires that state prosecutors present evidence to overcome a defendant's claim that they employed a justifiable use of force. If the prosecutors can't show "clear and convincing evidence" that...
  • You Can Get Charged With Murder For Defensive Gun Use -- Even In A 'Stand Your Ground' State

    05/21/2017 10:46:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 70 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 21, 2017 | George Leef
    Since American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms (not just law enforcement officials, as gun control advocates maintain), it would seem to follow that they’re entitled to use their weapons when they are threatened. More than a century ago, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that in Beard v. United States, where the first Justice Harlan wrote that the defendant, who had been convicted of manslaughter for killing a man in a violent dispute, was not obliged to retreat, not to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground, and meet any attack...
  • Wagoner County DA declines charges against homeowner's son

    04/03/2017 12:35:52 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 61 replies
    Fox 23 ^ | Apr 3, 2017 - 12:19 PM
    No charges to be filed against Mr. AR15.
  • Judge denies 'stand your ground' defense in movie theater shooting

    03/11/2017 9:33:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 260 replies
    CNN ^ | 5:24 AM ET, Sat March 11, 2017 | Eric Levenson, Tina Burnside
    The case dates to January 2014 when Reeves, then 71, confronted a man in a suburban Tampa movie theater about texting during the previews before a showing of "Lone Survivor." The two argued, and then Reeves walked out of the theater to complain to an employee. When Reeves returned, he and the man, Chad Oulson, began arguing again. Oulson threw a bag of popcorn at Reeves, according to a criminal complaint, and Reeves then took out his handgun and fired at Oulson, killing him. Defense attorneys asked the judge to dismiss the murder charge under the "stand your ground" law...
  • Update on Constitutional Carry this Year, with good chances in at least three more states

    03/10/2017 8:58:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 10, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    After New Hampshire enacted Constitutional Carry, similar bills are still under consideration and a chance in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and South Carolina. The bill is still under consideration in South Dakota, but the governor in South Dakota has already indicated that he will veto the bill. As of right now, there is still a chance for 16 to 17 states having Constitutional Carry by the end of the year. Alabama: Will likely be voted on in the state Senate during the week of March 13th. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill, SB 24, with a 6-3 vote on March...
  • 'Stand Your Ground' laws: The facts don't support fears of armed citizens

    03/09/2017 11:24:54 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) ^ | March 7, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg says that “Stand Your Ground” laws amount to “shoot first, ask questions later.” In fact, as the Minnesota House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy will hear in testimony today, Stand Your Ground laws do not allow the initiation of force. Since the response must be proportionate to the threat, a defendant cannot shoot unless he is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death. Or, at least, a reasonable person must have cause to perceive such a grave threat. Prior to Stand Your Ground, citizens have had to retreat as far as possible...
  • CPRC Testimony before the Minnesota state House Committee on Public Safety on Stand Your Ground bill

    03/09/2017 11:19:55 PM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 9, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Dr. John Lott testified to the Minnesota state House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy on Stand Your Ground bill. See also his discussion on the op-ed page in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune available here.
  • Study: Stand Your Ground led to increase in homicide cases

    01/06/2017 4:23:20 AM PST · by rarestia · 73 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, January 06, 2017, 12:04 AM EST | Cheryn Stone
    New medical findings link Florida's Stand Your Ground law to a significant increase in gun deaths. JAMA Study: 24.4% increase in homicide associated with Stand Your Ground Study authors say findings should be used to make informed decisions A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states implementing Stand Your Ground in Florida is associated with a 24.4 percent increase in homicide and a 31.6 percent increase in firearm-related homicide in the state. "So the implication of these findings is that almost immediately after Stand Your Ground was enacted, rates of homicide and firearm homicide have gone...
  • Followup: Stand Your Ground Defense in Doyle/Gonzalez Shooting from July of 2015

    09/19/2016 7:37:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The shooting scene: Driveway with car and truck is Doyle's. Truck and trailer are Gonzalez'. On July 23 of 2015, in Citrus County Florida, Robert Doyle and Candelario Gonzalez had a very bad day.  Both made intemperate statements.  Gonzalez had his wife and two child relatives in the car with him.  He followed Doyle and Doyle's wife to their home.  Gonzalez' wife reported to 911 that "My husband wants to go whoop his (expletive),".  Gonzalez can be heard in the background: “He just flipped me off, I’m going to kick him right in his (expletive). … I’m going to...
  • Concealed carry without permit becomes law in Missouri

    09/14/2016 11:20:04 PM PDT · by Darth Gill · 62 replies
    Missourian ^ | 2016-09-14 | LUCILLE SHERMAN
    JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri became the latest state to allow residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit when lawmakers supported the change Wednesday. Tense debate during the legislature's annual veto override session encompassed themes of race and class as lawmakers clashed over whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 656. In the days leading up to the session the debate drew national attention, with organizations on both sides of the issues working to influence lawmakers. Another controversial part of the bill is its "stand your ground" provision, which will allow residents to use deadly force...
  • Missouri lawmakers pass expanded gun rights on final day

    05/13/2016 10:38:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 13, 2016 9:21 PM EDT | David A. Lieb and Summer Ballentine
    Missouri lawmakers passed a sweeping expansion of gun rights Friday, allowing people to carry concealed guns without needing permits while also expanding their right to stand and fight against perceived threats. The legislation, which goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, was among the most prominent measures passed by the Republican-led Legislature on the final day of its annual session. Under the measure, most people could carry concealed guns, even if they haven’t gone through the training now required to get a permit. The legislation would also expand the state’s “castle doctrine” by allowing invited guests such as baby sitters to...
  • Felon with gun killed by man with concealed carry permit, Orlando police say

    05/09/2016 8:50:38 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 37 replies
    WFTV9, ABC ^ | Apr 26, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A man is claiming self-defense after another customer at a gas station pulled a gun out during an argument early Monday. The incident happened at about 12:48 a.m. between Titus Bernard, 29, and Delvin Jamar Broner, 36, the Orlando Police Department said. The altercation started as an argument between the two that was instigated by Broner, investigators said. The situation escalated and Broner, a convicted felon, pulled out a gun. Bernard, who had a valid concealed weapons permit, pulled his own gun and fired several times, killing Broner, police said. "I don't know what I would have...
  • Russia Today: 11yo Alabama boy shoots intruder, mocks him for ‘crying like a baby’

    04/30/2016 9:18:56 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 32 replies
    Russia Today ^ | April 30, 2016
    An 11-year-old boy from Talladega, Alabama, boasted about shooting at a fleeing burglar 12 times and mocked the man (whom he had wounded in the leg) for “crying like a baby”. Chris Gaither told WVTM news he was home alone Wednesday morning when he heard an intruder breaking into his house.
  • 11-year-old brags about shooting suspected home invader

    05/01/2016 12:03:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 1, 2016 | Peter Holley
    Chris Gaither was home alone “petting the dogs” on Wednesday morning when he heard a noise upstairs. The 11-year-old boy from Talladega, Ala., told NBC affiliate WVTM-TV that he was scared, so he grabbed a knife and steadied himself. Chris said that a man appeared on the stairwell, but when confronted, he ran back up upstairs. When the man reappeared moments later, the boy told WVTM-TV, the individual was holding a gun. “When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Chris said. Instead of running, Chris...
  • ‘He started crying like a little baby’: 11-year-old brags about shooting suspected home invader

    05/01/2016 8:55:53 AM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 54 replies
    Washington Pest ^ | 5/1/16 | Peter Holley
    Chris Gaither was home alone “petting the dogs” on Wednesday morning when he heard a noise upstairs. The 11-year-old boy from Talladega, Ala., told NBC affiliate WVTM-TV that he was scared, so he grabbed a knife and steadied himself. Chris said that a man appeared on the stairwell, but when confronted, he ran back up upstairs. When the man reappeared moments later, the boy told WVTM-TV, the individual was holding a gun. “When he was coming down the stairs, that’s when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that,” Chris said. Instead of running, Chris...
  • What To Do After A Shooting (after you shoot in self defense - video)

    12/30/2015 11:43:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    Video Link Great advice from Don West, co-defense counsel representing George Zimmerman.
  • Media Still Determined to Get George Zimmerman

    05/31/2015 8:31:39 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    pjmedia ^ | May 30, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    All's fair in love, war and media vendettas.They’ll never get over what’s-his-name, but they’re bound and determined to make an issue out of Zimmerman and guns and Florida laws and aaarrggghhhhh!!!!!! Here’s the lede on story from ABC News: An attorney for a Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman said Friday that he planned to use a “Stand Your Ground” defense — the same legal strategy considered but ultimately not used by lawyers for the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. What? Since when is irrelevant information — neither did...