February 01, 2015

Stand Your Ground

Rebecca A. Taylor

From Civil Rights Litigation: Representing Plaintiffs Today

For centuries, the rights of individuals to be safe and secure in their homes and to fight back against intruders who threaten to harm them or their families without retreating first has been well established. But in recent years, lawmakers have relieved individuals of their duty to retreat in an entire spectrum of new scenarios. Now, for example, the law often permits individuals to fight back using deadly force even against anyone from whom they perceive as a threat, whether or not that threat was actual. These statutes, commonly referred to as “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws, have been enacted in a number of states, including Florida, bolstered by the aggressive political advocacy of the NRA.

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