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Huge unintended anti-gun bill requires your immediate help: [Fla. Senate Bill 448]
On Tuesday, February 11th – Senate Bill 448 is coming up again for a vote – this time before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It needs to be voted down – and gun owners need to contact the members of the Committee by email to warn them. I have previously warned that Senate Bill 448 (SB 448) is a huge mistake, and totally anti-gun because the courts will interpret its language in such a way as to have the exact opposite effect of what was intended. Plus, a large part of the other changes recommended by the bill are purely illusory in that it only “recommends” important goals without requiring any method of accomplishing them. It is nothing like House Bill 89 (HB 89) which has none of the same problems.
The unintended anti-self defense language and key problem in the bill is that it will make any threat to use deadly force (just a verbal threat will be enough – even without showing a weapon) unlawful unless the defender also has a reasonable belief that such threat is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm, or to stop the imminent commission of a forcible felony. Thus, a “bluff” attempt to stop ANY OTHER CRIME but a forcible felony will become ILLEGAL! Likewise, you will not be legally allowed to have a deadly weapon displayed , even in a felony situation you’re investigating or trying to stop – unless it’s an also an actual “forcible felony” – because the case law says that mere display is a jury question as to whether such can also be interpreted as a “threat”. Therefore, if you investigate a possible crime outside your home with gun in hand – you’ll likely blow any chance of claiming self defense or defense of property unless it actually turns out to be a forcible felony or life or death situation! Such situations could include someone trying to break into your car; someone peaking in your windows late at night; several rough looking people following you in a dark parking garage late at night; etc. In other words – the bill is really dangerous! Moreover, the case law already allows you to legally display, and even threaten another person with a deadly weapon – as long as the display or threat is reasonable for the circumstances! So – adding this new language to the existing statute isn’t really necessary, anyway.
Please copy the following email addresses of the Senate Judiciary Committee members, and send them a joint email warning them of the danger of this bill – and also your wish they vote it down. Otherwise – we’ll all suffer the consequences in severe restrictions to our rights of self-defense!