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The Florida House of Representative has passed a "Stand Your Ground" law that will allow citizens to use deadly force in a public place to defend themselves if they believe they are in danger of death or great bodily harm -- without trying to run away first.

The new bill expands the right of self-defense from the home, where Florida residents already have the right to defend themselves with deadly force without first trying to escape.

The Florida Senate passed the bill 39-0 last week. It now goes to Gov. Jeb Bush, who said it intends to sign it.

Many state courts have ruled that citizens have the right to defend themselves in their homes, but Florida courts have expanded that right to include employees at work and drivers attacked in their vehicles. The new Florida law was proposed to codify those court rulings.

See Also:
Florida Law Expands Right to Kill in Self-Defense

Background:
Florida Gun Laws FAQ
Quiz: Florida Gun Laws

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