By Jim Turner and Margie Menzel
The News Service of Florida
Tallahassee, FL -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun-rights advocates are targeting the chairman of a House committee and some of its Republican members, after a bill intended to broaden the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law was scuttled.
The National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida sent an email to their members on Thursday calling the actions by House Criminal Justice Chairman Carlos Trujillo an “orchestrated” betrayal of “law-abiding gun owners,” as the measure (HB 169) failed to pass in a 6-6 vote two days earlier.
Trujillo and Rep. Charles Van Zant, R-Keystone Heights, joined four Democrats in opposing the measure, which proposed to shift the burden of proof to the state in cases involving the “stand your ground” law. Under the 2005 law, people can use deadly force and do not have a duty to retreat if they think it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm.
“It is important to recognize and remember the committee members who were loyal to the Constitution and your right of self-defense — as well it is the betrayers,” said the email from …Read the Rest