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Self-Defense Immunity Laws:
Which States Protect You Best?

Legal Insurrection, by Andrew Branca

Original Article

Posted By:Emerson, 7/20/2013 4:04:06 PM

Now that the Zimmerman criminal trial has concluded, much attention has focused on the prospects for Zimmerman seeking protection under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute from any possible civil action against him. Florida’s statute 776.032, is among the broader self-defense immunity statutes, in that it possesses all four qualities of an optimal statute of this type. (Snip) Fully 32 states provide some degree of limitation of liability for the individual who has genuinely acted in self-defense, but there is considerable variety in terms of the scope and manner of protection provided.

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An excellent, very informative article by an expert on self-defense.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 7/20/2013 5:01:13 PM     (No. 9434287)

Agreed, OP. Thanks for posting.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: redgrains, 7/20/2013 5:14:11 PM     (No. 9434304)

Good information, good discussion and comments attached to the original article.
As one might suspect, the South has rather strong views and protections related to the right to defend person and property.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 7/20/2013 7:53:59 PM     (No. 9434459)

Can´t wait to rfead it.

For now, I´ll note two non-state laws: the natural law of Survival of the Fittest, and G-d´s charge to be a good steward of His gifts. Can we refuse to be good stewards of the Gift of Life He gives to each one of us?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: texaspast, 7/20/2013 10:56:59 PM     (No. 9434598)

In Texas we have an unwritten ´he needed killin´´ rule. Had a friend when I was younger (fellow oilfield worker - great guy, just don´t make him mad) who thought some guy had wronged his daughter. Got his gun and was going to kill the younger dude. Younger dude´s brothers heard about it. They found the older guy on an East Texas oiltop lease road in a car riddled with bullet holes. Everybody knew who did it, but the sheriff made no arrests - informally citing the ´he needed killin´ rule.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: just another nerd, 7/21/2013 2:06:31 AM     (No. 9434683)

Preemptive self-defense. That´s the Bush doctrine isn´t it? Bush must have picked that up in Texas.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/21/2013 7:42:31 AM     (No. 9434796)

I notice NY has no self-defense immunity laws. Demonrats here could care less if you´re killed protecting yourself and criminals are to be honored.

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