Florida apparently plans to legalize homicide
Florida eyes allowing residents to open fire whenever
they see threat
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MIAMI (AFP) - Florida's legislature has approved a
bill that would give residents the right to open fire
against anyone they perceive as a threat in public,
instead of having to try to avoid a conflict as under
Outraged opponents say the law will encourage
Floridians to open fire first and ask questions later,
fostering a sort of statewide Wild West shootout
mentality. Supporters argue that criminals will think
twice if they believe they are likely to be promptly
shot when they assault someone.
Republican Governor Jeb Bush, who has said he plans to
sign the bill, says it is "a good, commonsense,
Current state law allows residents to "shoot to kill
if their property, such as their home or car, is
invaded by an unknown assailant."
But it also states that if a resident is confronted or
threatened in a public place, he or she must first try
to avoid the confrontation or flee before taking any
violent step in self defense against an assailant.
The bill, supported by the influential National Rifle
Association, was approved by both houses of the
Republican-run legislature on Tuesday.