A new stand your ground law in Florida sides with victims. Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed the law this past Friday on June 9. A story about the law is on MSN.com. The law explicitly shifts the burden of proof from defendants in pre-trial stand your ground hearings to prosecutors.
The law lays the burden of proof onto prosecutors in pre-trail hearings. Prosecutors must now show that victims who discharge their firearms weren’t acting in self-defense. Put simply, a person who discharges his or her firearm in self-defense is given the benefit of the doubt unless a prosecutor can prove otherwise.
The law bolsters Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. Although many are against the law, as evidenced by this Washington Post article, Marion Hammer, former NRA President, says that the law is perfectly fair.
Per Hammer, before the law was put into effect, “If you exercise(d) a God-given right, the right of self-defense, you don’t (didn’t) have the same rights as everybody else. You’re not innocent until proven guilty. That’s wrong.”
The new Stand Your Ground Law insists that you are innocent until proven guilty. In 5 other states, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, and South Carolina, the Stand Your Ground Law places the burden of proof on defendants.
The law went into effect as soon as Governor Scott signed it.
As a Brit living and working in the USA, her views on gun ownership and the second amendment have evolved over the years, allowing her to fully understand both sides of the gun control debate and she regularly speaks on the matter to help others understand why she feels the second amendment must be protected and why she chooses to be an advocate for the shooting sports.
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