Florida Expands Legal Protections for Those Who Fire a Gun in Self-Defense

NRA says law ‘restores the right of the presumption of innocence and the right of self-defense’

On Friday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed into law new legal protections for individuals who defend themselves with firearms.

Senate Bill 128 shifts the burden of proof requirement from the accused to state prosecutors during certain legal proceedings when someone claims he fired a gun in self-defense. The law, which goes into effect immediately, requires that state prosecutors present evidence to overcome a defendant’s claim that they employed a justifiable use of force. If the prosecutors can’t show “clear and convincing evidence” that the accused did not shoot in self-defense, the case will not go to trial.

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