Florida Looks to Expand 'Stand Your Ground' Immunity

Florida Looks to Expand 'Stand Your Ground' Immunity
Posted at 11:12 AM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 05:58:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida doesn't just want to let people stand their ground, it also wants to make the state prove they didn't commit violence in self-defense before taking them to trial.

Florida has been seen as a leader in giving citizens immunity in cases of self-defense, with a "stand your ground" law that has been an emotional point of debate after a series of high-profile shooting deaths.

While at least 22 states have similar laws that say people can use force - even deadly force - to defend themselves from threats, Florida could soon be the only one that spells out that prosecutors have to prove self-defense wasn't a factor before taking someone to trial.

Currently, defendants bear the burden of showing self-defense was a factor.

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