Sunday, October 28, 2007

We Get Letters

"Are most of the self defense laws similar from state to state or do they varie..?"

There's an awful lot of confusion concerning when it is PERMISSIBLE for a "civilian" to use deadly force, and it is incumbent upon each individual to know his or her laws on the subject. In Florida, maximum force is legal to prevent the commission of a Forcible Felony:

776.08 Forcible felony.
--"Forcible felony" means treason; murder; manslaughter; sexual battery; carjacking; home-invasion robbery; robbery; burglary; arson; kidnapping; aggravated assault; aggravated battery; aggravated stalking; aircraft piracy; unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb; and any other felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any individual.

This isn't to say that having the legal right means you've the moral imperative, but the vast majority of the time the courts stick together in determining a good shoot from a bad one.

So the short answer to your question is yes, no, and maybe. What is a simple case of legitimate self defense in Florida can be Murder-1 in NYC. Here, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then shoot the sucker.

In addition, Floridians have no impetus to retreat from their homes, nor ANY place they've a legal right to be. And once a shooting has been declared justifiable, there can be no civil suits brought against the shooter, by ANYONE.

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