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  • Greg Cannon
    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20050406/ts_alt_afp/uscrimeguns_050406201103 Florida eyes allowing residents to open fire whenever they see threat
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 6 2:48 PM
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      Florida eyes allowing residents to open fire whenever
      they see threat

      1 hour, 31 minutes ago

      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
      prevailing law.

      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,
      anti-crime issue."

      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.
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