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Florida to expand law on gun use

A law letting people in Florida kill in self-defence on the street without first trying to flee an attacker has been passed by Florida politicians.
Florida law already allows people to shoot a potential attacker in their home, place of work or car.

But until now, courts insisted that anyone confronted in a public place should first try to run away.

Critics of the law say it will bring a Wild West attitude to Florida - magnet to hundreds of thousands of tourists.

One critic said all the measure would do is sell more guns and turn the state into a modern version of the OK Corral.

The bill has been heavily backed by the National Rifle Association, the lobbying group which defends the rights of Americans to carry guns.

Dennis Baxley, the Republican sponsor of the Stand Your Ground bill said it was about meeting force with force.

“If I’m attacked, I should not have to retreat,” he said.

The bill has already passed the Florida Senate and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush, the president’s brother.

A law letting people in Florida kill in self-defence on the street without first trying to flee an attacker has been passed by Florida politicians.

Florida law already allows people to shoot a potential attacker in their home, place of work or car. But until now, courts insisted that anyone confronted in a public place should first try to run away. Critics of the law say it will bring a Wild West attitude to Florida - magnet to hundreds of thousands of tourists. One critic said all the measure would do is sell more guns and turn the state into a modern version of the OK Corral.

The bill has been heavily backed by the National Rifle Association, the lobbying group which defends the rights of Americans to carry guns. Dennis Baxley, the Republican sponsor of the Stand Your Ground bill said it was about meeting force with force.

“If I’m attacked, I should not have to retreat,” he said. The bill has already passed the Florida Senate and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush, the president’s brother.


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