Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law has been controversial since Governor Jeb Bush signed it into law on April 26, 2005.
The Protection of Persons/Use of Force Bill (the Judiciary Committee’s Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 436) expanded an individual’s legal right to use force in self-defense, including deadly force, without fear of criminal or civil consequences.
In doing so, the law abrogated “the common
law duty to retreat when attacked before using force, including deadly
force in self-defense or defense of others.”
Twenty three states have followed Florida’s lead in passing similar legislation, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.