Saturday, December 14, 2013

FL:Defensive Display (warning shot) Bill Proposed

Even a small gun can deter attack

Florida is considering a bill, HB 89,  that would protect citizens who defensively display firearms or who fire warning shots, from being victimized by the law for the act of defending themselves.   The genesis of the law is the fact that most people are able to defend themselves by merely showing the attacker that they are armed.  This defuses the situation in the vast majority of cases: people do not want to be shot.   The problem is that a person who defensively displays a firearm or fires a warning shot, may well be prosecuted under current Florida law.   It is not uncommon for criminals to accuse people who thwart their crimes of being the aggressor.   In Arizona, this led to the passage of a similar defensive display law.   It is better to allow the defensive display of a firearm, to prevent someone from being shot, rather than require that it be kept hidden until it *must* be fired in self defense.   Here is the opening paragraph of the proposed Florida law:

An act relating to defense of life, home, and
3 property; creating s. 776.001, F.S.; providing
4 legislative finding and intent; providing that the
5 defensive display of a weapon or firearm, including
6 the discharge of a firearm for the purpose of a
7 warning shot, does not constitute the use of deadly
8 force; providing immunity from prosecution for persons
9 acting in defense of life, home, and property from
10 violent attack or the threat of violent attack through
11 certain displays of or uses of force; creating s.
12 776.0011, F.S.; providing definitions; creating s.
13 776.033, F.S.; providing for the justifiable defensive
14 display of a firearm or weapon in certain
15 circumstances; amending s. 776.06, F.S.; limiting a
16 provision authorizing use of deadly force by law
17 enforcement or correctional officers; creating s.
18 775.0878, F.S.; providing an exemption from minimum
19 sentence requirements related to use of a weapon or
20 firearm for persons acting in self-defense or defense
21 of others; authorizing a departure from minimum
22 sentence requirements related to use of a weapon or
23 firearm for persons convicted of certain offenses who
24 meet specified requirements; providing an effective
25 date.
The bill appears to be modeled on the Arizona law.  It is commonsense legislation designed to promote safety.

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1 comment:

dan said...

Remember...when trying to maintain your right to life and liberty..when progressives are around ..anything that allows you to use or safe guard your rights..will be trashed or ridiculed by them....there is NO compromise with these evil people..and I do mean EVIL..for there is no other definition for their actions...imho