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Florida Sheriffs Association unanimously supports Stand Your Ground

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At its summer conference held at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, the Florida Sheriffs Association unanimously agreed to support Florida’s “stand your ground” law without any modification, noting that it’s in line with the “well-established” right to self-defense.

The law gained national notoriety during George Zimmerman’s trial in the Trayvon Martin shooting death. The jury acquitted Zimmerman, but “stand your ground” was not an issue in his defense or the jury’s deliberations.

The association published the following press release Friday:

FSA President, Sheriff Grady Judd, today announced, “The right to self-defense is well-established in law.  The Florida Sheriffs confirmed this position by voting unanimously, at the 2013 Florida Sheriffs Association Summer Conference, to support the Stand Your Ground law as it is currently written. Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including Stand Your Ground.” 

Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law
A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity, and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
F.S. §776.013(3)

WLRN’s Daniel Hicks tweeted:


Hicks’ admonition, “don’t touch it,” was no doubt directed at the Florida Legislature. House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, announced Aug. 2 that hearings will commence in the fall on Florida’s “stand your ground” law, according to the Miami Herald.


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