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Old March 8, 2005, 09:29 AM   #47
Join Date: October 11, 2004
Location: Tejas
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Florida Self Defense

I don't think the statement that in Florida the ED would have to have a gun or knife is accurate. A screw driver can be a weapon, all depends on the context. The Florida statutes look like most states... and you can use force to prevent a forcible felony.

Sounds like someone was "puffing"




Here is what the actual Florida statutes have to say about self defense.

"776.012 Use of force in defense of person.--A person is justified in the use of force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against such other's imminent use of unlawful force. However, the person is justified in the use of deadly force only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony."
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