BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today defended the legal concept of Stand-Your-Ground, which is the law in 24 states, during a public hearing in Florida, where a movement is underway to change that stateâ€™s statute.
CCRKBA Legislative Director Joe Waldron told the committee examining Floridaâ€™s law that the state should not change a law that has been working for seven years. Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed a commission to examine the law earlier this year following public outcry over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The incident provided a launch pad for attacks on similar self-defense statutes across the country.
â€œBut after that single incident nine months ago,â€ Waldron observed, â€œweâ€™re told Floridaâ€™s stand-you-ground law is terribly flawed, and should be repealed or at least restricted severely. The law has been in place for seven years. Laws should not be made â€“ or repealed â€“ based on a single, anecdotal incident.â€
He noted that in some states, the stand-your-ground concept has been adopted via â€œblack letter law,â€ that is, by judicial rulings.
â€œThe stand-your-ground concept has been through the courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court,â€ Waldron said. â€œThe legal concept governs federal case law regarding self-defense.
â€œIn all 50 states,â€ he added, â€œif you are subjected to a potentially lethal attack or one that poses the risk of serious bodily injury, you have the right of self-defense, up to and including the use of lethal force.â€
â€œLaws that protect millions of citizens should not be changed because of public reaction to a single case,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. â€œWe are hopeful that Florida lawmakers use common sense and back away from any attempt to change or repeal this statute.â€