Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Self-defense Is Your Legal Right in Florida

Good advice from a Polk County's sheriff:
"The word to the criminal is first -- quit being a criminal, quit stealing," Judd said. "But if you're breaking into someone's house, the homeowner is very likely to shoot you."
Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Shot By Property Owner. This is the story of a robbery going not quite according to plan.
Property owner Jamie Jones heard a commotion outside while working inside his shed just before dawn.

Jones told detectives a man and woman were driving away in his Land Rover. He said after they saw him, they tried to run him over.
This being Florida, he was armed. (Hint: get the gun BEFORE you go investigate that noise downstairs, out-back, wherever.) He shot the woman in the head. The man was seen limping away. (Not clear if he was shot.) The woman died in hospital a while later.

Sheriff Judd says the homeowner probably won't face charges since he fired in self-defense.

If you break into enough houses, you will eventually run into an armed homeowner, which I suppose illustrates why criminals are in favor of gun-control.

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