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FL: Fla. Lawmakers Introduce New Pro-Gun Bill: “Stand Your Ground” on Steroids
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-FL) has introduced a bill designed to strengthen Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which law already sets the national standard for vigilante misconduct.

Baxley introduced H.B. 169, the “Use or Threatened Use of Force” bill earlier this month that proposes to increase protections for people like George Zimmerman from standing trial. The bill provides that those claiming self-defense under “Stand Your Ground” will no longer have to prove that they acted for fear of their own lives. The burden of proof would be placed on the victim, and the prosecutor would have to prove the shooter acted with malice. The bill was introduced once last year, but the Florida Supreme Court rejected it.
 

Comment by: PHORTO (10/2/2015)
"The law is essentially a license to kill. Anyone can shoot another person and claim self-defense without bearing the burden of proof."

The burden of proof in any criminal proceeding is always on the government. We call that "the presumption of innocence" here in the United States.

Florida IS still a part of the United States, isn't it?

If at a SYG hearing the government presents enough evidence to hold the defendant over for trial, the mere claim of self-defense is insufficient to merit dismissing the charge.
 

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