Democratic State Sen. Chevrin Jones introduced Self-Defense Restoration Act.
According to a new bill filed Thursday in the state Senate, Florida Democrats are once again trying to repeal the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.
The Self defense restoration act State law will remove those provisions that do not backfire before a person resorts to violence in self-defense. It would also explicitly ban the use of deadly force if a person acting in self-defense knows that they can avoid retreating.
Democratic state Sen. Sheviran Jones, who introduced the bill, said the current law “promotes vigilance” during a news conference on Thursday.
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“It allows people to shoot first and ask questions later,” he said. “More important, it puts black people and other people of color at greater risk of gun violence.”
He A similar bill was filed in 2019 which failed.
Every city in usa, A gun-safety advocacy group that worked with Jones on the proposal, has argued that Stand Your Ground laws result in more than 1,800 additional shooting deaths a year.
On Friday, Jones said that Trayvon Martin would have his 26th birthday, with the state senator saying that passing his repeal of Stand Your Ground would be “a great birthday gift.”
Martin was shot and killed in 2012 after attacking the coordinator of Neighborhood Watch named George Zimmerman.
Florida gun self-defense law has repeatedly sparked controversy since gun owners tried to use their grounds as a justification since the gun was passed in 2005. In addition to Martin’s death, the law again made national headlines. In 2019, a white man, after Michael Drezeka, shot and killed Marques McGlatan, who was black, in a dispute over a parking space in Clearwater.
Prosecutors argued that the law did not apply in Drezeka’s case and that he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years.
Stand Your Ground established the right for gun owners to apply lethal force that defends themselves from threats whether it is possible to retreat first. In 2017, state legislators revised the law to put the burden of proof on prosecutors to dismiss Stand Your Ground’s claim instead of defense lawyers to prove it.
The law states that if a reasonable person is in danger of death or major bodily harm under the circumstances, then a shooting is appropriate. But it is also said that the shooter did not provoke the change.
Critics argue that many gun deaths could be avoided if only people were required to open fire as a last resort.
Granthshala News’ Daniel Wallace contributed to this report.