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Saturday, October 1, 2005


[Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin]: Flordia has a new self-defense law:

Under a legal concept derived from English Common Law, known as the "Castle Doctrine," it has been long held that people have the right to stand their ground if attacked in their home. Baxley, a Republican from Ocala, said the new legislation explicitly enshrined that principle in Florida statutes and extended the concept of a person's "castle" to personal space in a car or anywhere else he or she is entitled to be.

"We want people to know that the law contains a presumption that they have the right to protect themselves," Baxley said.

Previously under Florida law, people acting in self-defense outside their home or workplace were supposed to use any reasonable means at hand to escape the danger, including retreat. The new law says they can "meet force with force."

Why should I have a 'duty' to flee from my own home rather than defend it? If someone is in my home without permission and I feel threatened or unsafe, why shouldn't I be able to defend myself? Of course the anti-second amendment crowd is screaming bleeding-heart murder.

Classical Values has more.


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