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Stand Your Ground Revision Passes Senate Committee

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Posted at 1:59 PM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 17:36:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Three gun bills that will be considered during Florida's legislative session next year are moving through committees.

The Senate's Criminal Justice committee passed a revision to the Stand Your Ground law on Tuesday. The revision, which is being proposed by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park), will require prosecutors to prove that the defendant was not acting in self-defense in cases where that person is asking for immunity. The current statute requires the defendant to prove those claims before a judge in order to avoid trial.

The committee also passed a bill allowing licensed gun owners to openly carry their weapons in public. It was approved by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Oct. 6.