Publication Date

February 2014


Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law loosens the legal requirements for the justifiable use of deadly force. Seeking to shed light on this controversial issue, the author examined 301 known cases of Stand Your Ground, occurring from 2005 through 2012. Preliminary findings in situational and enforcement patterns are presented.

This article is an updated and revised version of a paper presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Georgia Sociological Association. The author wishes to thank colleague Fred Zampa for his assistance and thoughtful comments during the development of this manuscript, and Michelle McCormick for editing advice.