Our Florida Legislators sometimes do things or put forth Bills that are a little out there. Meaning they stretch the limits of common sense and sometimes address issues that are non-existent. This Bill is way beyond those limits. It is literally a Bill that removes common sense and the rights of people to defend themselves in their own homes!
The first part of the Bill repeals all of Florida State Statute 776.013, “Home protection; use or threatened use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.” Which would mean that you cannot use deadly force in your home to stop an intruder and would have to retreat or try and avoid the confrontation? You would have to be physically attacked or otherwise attacked before you could use deadly force.
The second part of the Bill deletes the “stand your ground” clause and means that defense attorney’s for criminals could attack you for not trying to run away!
Basically, this Bill tries to take away a person’s right to self-defense in your home and anywhere else you have the right to be. This would take us back to the days of court battles as to why didn’t you try and leave your home and call the police?
This is a terrible Bill! One we must make sure never sees the light of a committee hearing and if it does, it needs to die a quick and sudden death of a Bill that violates people’s right to self-defense, and the sanctity of our home!
Florida House Bill 6073, by Rep. Jones, is one that we MUST make sure our Representatives know we as freedom loving Floridians and those that believe in the right to self-defense in our own homes do not support and we will make sure that those who support this Bill are not forgotten! We cannot allow this Bill to move forward!
Here is the link to the Bill’s page – http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Secti…/Bills/billsdetail.aspx…
It has been assigned to these Committees:
– Criminal Justice Subcommittee
– Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
– Judiciary Committee
So if you value your right to defend your home, and yourself when you are out and about. And believe that you should not have to run away before you choose to defend yourself, you need to let your Representatives and those in these committees know your feelings on the issue!
Here is an email format you can copy and paste:
Dear Representative ____________,
I am a freedom loving Floridian. I believe in the right of the individual to defend themselves against violence and unlawful attacks. I also believe in ones right to defend our home from unlawful intrusions.
I am writing to you to ask you to vote against House Bill 6073! It is an insult to the basic human right of self-defense. It attacks the right of citizens to defend themselves in their own homes and wherever they have the legal right to be. Why would we want to take away the right of Florida’s law-abiding citizens to defend themselves? This is a Bill without a problem and one that removes basic rights.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email and I trust you will vote against the Bill as we the people of Florida do not support it in any version.
Thank you for taking the time to write your Representatives and making sure they understand that the majority of Floridians do not support this ridiculous Bill.