Threat of Force to Stop Attackers Bill Passes Florida Senate
Yesterday, April 3, 2014, HB-89 passed the Florida Senate by a vote of 32-7.
Having previously passed the Florida House by a vote of 93-24, the bill is now making its way to the Governor’s desk.
HB-89 is a bill to stop abusive prosecutors from using 10-20-LIFE to prosecute people who, in self-defense, threaten to use deadly force against an attacker as a means to stop an attack.
Some anti-gun, anti-self-defense prosecutors have been abusing the 10-20-LIFE law to prosecute average citizens who displayed a weapon or gun in self-defense to make an attacker back off.
Average citizens who never would have been in the system if they had not been attacked and in fear for their own safety, are being persecuted and prosecuted for defending themselves.
Because citizens took responsibility for their own safety, some prosecutors treat them like criminals and make them victims of a judicial system.
10-20-Life was passed to stop prosecutors and judges from slapping gun-wielding criminals on the wrist so they could quickly clear cases.
The 10-20-Life law was never intended to be used against citizens who, in an act of self-defense, threatened the use of force to stop an attacker, including the unwise use of a warning shot. Yet, that’s what some prosecutors are doing. They are willfully and knowingly violating the intent of the law.
Call the Governor’s Office and urge him to sign the bill. (850) 488-7146