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Stand Your Ground And Concealed Weapons Laws

Publication Date: 
April 03, 2012
WAMU 88.5 - The Diane Rehm Show
Diane Rehm

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” has gained national attention following the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Professor John Donohue III discussed the law with NPR’s Tom Gielten and other’s on The Diane Rehm Show.

Protests against the killing in Florida of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin continue in cities and on college campuses across the country. The case has focused attention on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which says a person may use deadly force in self-defense if under threat of harm, with no duty to retreat. Nearly half of states have some form of the law. Critics contend it's dangerous and promotes "shoot-first-ask-questions-later" mentalities. Supporters argue that every citizen should have a legal right to defend himself, or herself, in life-threatening situations. Guest host Tom Gjelten of NPR and a panel of experts will discuss whether Stand Your Ground laws and permitting people to carry concealed weapons have made Americans safer.


John Velleco director of federal affairs, Gun Owners of America.

Elizabeth Megale assistant professor of law, Barry University Law School.

Dan Gross president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

John Donohue III economist, lawyer and professor at Stanford Law School.