Florida Representative Bruce Antone Files Self-Defense Bill

Changes to Florida’s much maligned stand your ground law may be on the way.

Florida Representative Bruce Antone filed HB 33, a bill that “requires county sheriff or municipal police to issue reasonable guidelines for operation of crime watch program; authorizes person to use force, except deadly force in defense of property.” The synopsis of the bill may be found here.

Last year House Speaker Will Weatherford and his Republicans colleagues didn’t have much of an appetite for a change to the state’s current self-defense doctrine. Weatherford participated in a hearing on stand your ground, but there was no additional movement on repealing or changing the law.

In addition to Weatherford, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said that he wouldn’t change “one damn comma” of SYG, so a change to the current law isn’t trending positive.

For Antone, he has been in favor of at least revisiting the law since SYG was thrust into the national spotlight after the death of Trayvon Martin. The dogma attached to Florida’s self-defense law isn’t ambulatory, something that Antone wants to rectify.

The changes that Atone wants seem reasonable and may have a chance of making it out of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee.

The Florida Legislature convenes for regular session on Tuesday, March 4th. For more information on session and Rep. Antone’s bill, please visit www.myfloridahouse.gov.

-JH

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