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December 8, 2016

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Senator Bradley Files Legislation to Protect Right to Self Defense

Tallahassee–Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) today filed legislation protecting the right of self-defense for all Floridians. Senate Bill 128 corrects a misinterpretation of the “Stand Your Ground” law by the Florida Supreme Court in the 2015 Bretherick vs. State decision.

“The government has the burden of proof in a criminal case from the beginning of a case until the end,” said Senator Bradley. “This fundamental premise is guaranteed in our Constitution and understood intuitively by all Floridians.”

The legislation clarifies that the government, not the accused, has the burden of proof in a “Stand Your Ground” immunity hearing. In a 5-2 decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled otherwise. 

“We have an obligation to zealously guard the protections granted us all in the Constitution,” continued Senator Bradley. “It was uplifting last session to have the support of fellow conservatives around the state on this important issue.”

Senator Bradley sponsored the same legislation, Senate Bill 344 (2016) last session, and it passed the Florida Senate. The bill died in committee in the Florida House.

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