The matter of owning and using a gun in Florida could soon take on a different meaning.
That’s because Gov. Ron DeSantis is proposing a revision of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, based on recent statewide and national issues.
According to reports from The Miami Herald and WPEC-TV, the governor announced this week that he wants to include what is being called “anti-mob” legislation.
Primarily, that entails allowing individuals with guns the right to legally and fatally shoot those they suspect of burglarizing or looting businesses.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has drafted “anti-mob” legislation that would expand Florida’s Stand Your Ground law — a move that critics say will allow armed citizens to shoot suspected looters or anyone engaged in “criminal mischief” that disrupts a business. https://t.co/ksJ9EDAoqr
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) November 10, 2020
A draft of the law, which is under review by the House Judiciary Committee, officially defines looting as a burglary that takes place within 500 feet of a protest.
DeSantis’ request to change the law comes several months after protests erupted in Florida and around the country regarding the issue of racial equality.
In addition, other proposed additions to the law include allowing officers to charge people blocking traffic during protests with third-degree felonies.
Moreover, the governor’s draft requests to keep state funds from municipalities that cut their police departments’ budgets.