Task Force concludes ‘stand your ground’ is good law

For the past 10 months, the 19-member Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection has been reviewing Florida Statute 776, also known as the “stand your ground” law, which defines justifiable use of force. On Friday, the task force released its final report, concluding that the law is good and should not be overturned.

The Task Force, led by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, held public meetings in Tallahassee, Longwood, Arcadia, West Palm Beach, Cutler Bay, Jacksonville and Pensacola. Aided by thousands of comments from the public and from law enforcement experts, the panel concluded that Floridians have the right to defend themselves, the right to stand their ground when attacked, and the right to protect themselves and their families from violence.

Page 5 of the final report’s top recommendations states:

The Task Force concurs with the core belief that all persons, regardless of citizenship status, have a right to feel safe and secure in our state. To that end, all persons who are conducting themselves in a lawful manner have a fundamental right to stand their ground and defend themselves from attack with proportionate force in every place they have a lawful right to be.

“I want to commend the 19 members of the Citizen Safety Task Force and Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll for their thorough and thoughtful consideration of Florida Statute 776,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a release from his office. “This diverse Task Force listened to the people of Florida and provided a platform for different viewpoints to be shared on the important issue of citizen safety. I met with Trayvon Martin’s parents and our hearts go out to the entire family for their loss, especially as we approach the anniversary of his death. We look forward to reviewing this final report as we approach the beginning of the legislative session.”

The final report was delivered to the Florida Senate president, the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and the Governor’s Office. The report, video links to all of the task force meetings, correspondence and public input considered is located on the task force website.


  • mike

    It's about time we got the answer that we wanted. We have a great system in Florida that stands second to none when it comes to standing your ground.

  • Big Dem

    Thank goodness we have common sense people who understand the Bill of Rights and Constitution in Florida. It is a good day for individual liberty!

  • Big Dem

    There is no place for common vulgarity at Bizpac Review. I wonder whether "mike" is a troll who posts vulagar remarks while posing as a conservative in an attempt to make us look like idiot rednecks, or if he is simply that vulgar a person?

  • Dmitry

    Applauds to Lt.G Jennifer Carroll and her team for demonstrating that despite clamoring racist mob led by the likes of clown Frederica Wilson and usual suspects Sharpton and Jackson, not ALL Florida is such a liberal mental asylum as our SE part of the state.

  • RUSerious

    'Stand yer ground – a good law?' For whom? only the likes of Zimmerman, this ALEC/NRA abomination should be totally repealed.

    • Wade Smith

      To RUSerious; Fine you do not have to stand your ground is attacked. You can run or be beaten. When the polic arrive in about 15 minutes IF you are alive you can file a complaint.

    • Tim

      To RUSerious,

      The Zimmerman case is far from settled. Regardless of the outcome, the law should not be judged on one case.

  • http://www.freerepublic.com Old Sarge

    Florida Statute 776 (aka Stand Your Ground) is a good law for me, and my family. And whether you agree or not, it's a good law for you. Unless of course, your chosen method of defense is to urinate upon yourself to deter your assailant. I will use precious metals: lead, and brass. As is my Constitutional right.

  • JoeThePimpernel

    Eric Holder's people object to self-defense laws because they consider violent crime to be a legitimate career path, and armed victims to be an OSHA violation.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    The stand your ground defense rationale behind this law is flawed in one very important way. Let's say I have a problem with you. These days, it doesn't take much for someone with a gun to feel enpowered to feel they can handle any problem (Zimmerman), then get themselves into some kind of confrontation with the person I don't care for and shoot them. Then I plead that I was frightened and had to shoot them to defend myself from them maybe, harming me. It has happened. I know of at least one incident where someone with marginal legal history has been able to use this legal provision to kill two people at two different times. He is still walking free. Just be careful, when you are out and about, to never raise your voice to anyone. They can claim they felt "threatened" and put a hole in you. Its really that simple. If this happens to you, or yours, please remember that you really thought this law was a good idea. Really?

  • http://bizpacreview.com jespasinthru

    Ironically, LT Governor Jennifer Carroll is a conservative black woman. That completely nullifies the inevitable "racism" accusations that the liberals always resort to.

  • http://bizpacreview.com jespasinthru

    Only the unarmed are afraid of the people around them. In Florida it's very easy to get a concealed carry permit if you're not a criminal or an illegal alien. All it takes is a 65 dollar fee and a four hour gun safety class. And yet you don't see shootouts on the streets every day, like you do in the "gun free zones" like Chicago or Detroit. People respect each other and avoid altercations, because you never know who's packing. An armed society is a polite society.

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