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New Florida Gun Law Allows Wide-Ranging Self Defense

Thursday, 24 March 2005 12:00 AM

The open-ended language on the bill sponsored by Sen. Durell Peaden Jr. concerned some lawmakers.

"Under the wording of this bill, somebody could go onto any of the streets and if they think somebody is walking toward them in a threatening fashion, they can pull out a gun and begin blasting away," said Sen. Steven Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, who sought unsuccessfully to amend the bill on Tuesday.

"We're heading towards a Wild West mentality," Geller said. "I am concerned that you could literally have two guys standing on the street, both of them ready, the guns at their side, and then say 'Well the other guy threatened me so I pulled a gun and shot him in self defense.'"

Peaden, R-Crestview, scoffed at the characterization.

"You have to be within the confines of the dwelling as described in this bill," Peaden said during Wednesday's floor debate. "You just can't shoot anybody on the street and drag 'em in."

Geller said he voted for the bill for political reasons.

"We'd be seen as Democrats soft on crime," he said.

A similar proposal (HB 249) was approved on an 8-2 vote Wednesday by the House Justice Council.

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