How the NRA Fueled Florida's "Stand Your Ground" LawQuicklink submitted by Amanda Lang Permalink
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|When then-State Sen. Durell Peaden (R-FL) introduced Senate Bill 436, the "Stand Your Ground" law Sanford, Florida police have used to excuse the shooting and killing Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, the National Rifle Association had already been working behind-the-scenes to make it happen.
First, they enlisted their colleagues at the American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC) to form a task force. That group drafted a bill, which was almost identical to what Peaden introduced.
On January 25, 2005, the group's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) posted an enthusiastic news item on its website: "Florida State Sen. Durell Peaden wants to make sure people have a right to use deadly force to shoot home intruders without fear of prosecution."
Days later, they issued an action alert...
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