Wednesday :: Mar 21, 2012

ALEC Takes Up Florida's Vigilante Law


by Mary

Here's the ALEC model legislation sponsored by the NRA for a law about the rights of gun owners to "stand their ground":

(3) 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.

Gosh, wonder where they got that language for ALEC's model bill?

Why, it must have come from Florida's law that is protecting David Zimmerman from charges in the death of Trayvon Martin:

(3) 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.

And they didn't even change a period.

(h/t Center for Media and Democracy)

Mary :: 9:53 PM :: Comments (5) :: Spotlight :: Digg It!