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HB 331: Self-Defense


Self-Defense; Authorizes person to use force, except deadly force, in defense of property; provides that person does not have duty to retreat if person is in certain place; requires, rather than authorizes, law enforcement agency to investigate use of force; deletes provision that prohibits law enforcement agency from arresting person for using force; authorizes, rather than requires, court to award attorney fees & other expenses to defendant who used force; deletes provisions that make justifiable use of force available to aggressor who initially provokes use of force; provides additional circumstances in which justifiable use of force is not available; directs FDLE to collect data on incidents concerning alleged justifiable use of force; requires law enforcement agencies to report incidents & cases in which justifiable use of force claimed.

Effective Date: 7/1/2013
Last Action: 5/3/2013 House - Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
1/18/2013 House • Filed
1/30/2013 House • Referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Justice Appropriations Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 45
3/5/2013 House • Introduced -HJ 45
5/3/2013 House • Died in Criminal Justice Subcommittee