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Cert Petition Highlight: The Fundamentality of a Self-Defense Exception

Posted by on March 24, 2021

In a really interesting cert petition filed last week, the petitioner challenges a state court’s refusal to give a jury instruction on self-defense as violating federal law. In Keahey v. Marquis, this question involves the interplay between the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which governs (among other things) arguments that a prisoner’s rights were […]

New Meta-Analysis of Studies About Stand-Your-Ground Laws

Posted by on March 17, 2021

A new article out last week analyzes 25 prior empirical studies that examine the effects of stand-your-ground laws on population health outcomes. In Effects of Laws Expanding Civilian Rights to Use Deadly Force in Self-Defense on Violence and Crime: A Systematic Review, Alexa Yakubovich and co-authors conclude that the evidence shows these laws have not […]

A Proposal to Radically Expand Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground Law

Posted by on November 20, 2020

Florida set off the modern wave of stand-your-ground laws in 2005. Its law not only provides that an individual need not retreat before resorting to deadly force in any place he has a right to be, but also grants civil immunity and immunity from arrest, prosecution, and charging to a person who kills in self-defense. […]

The Political Imperative to Self-Defend

Posted by on August 6, 2020

[Ed. note: This guest blog post is part of the Center’s Mini-Symposium on papers presented at the 2020 Firearms Law Works-in-Progress Workshop.] Does inter-personal self-defense necessarily implicate the political order under which it is exercised? Many moral philosophers, as well as many gun rights advocates, argue in the negative. The justification for a defensive act against […]

When Stand Your Ground Meets Blue Lives Matter

Posted by on May 22, 2020

What happens when the person you “stand your ground” against turns out to be a police officer trying to do his job? On August 20, 2015, John Derossett engaged in a forty-round gunfight with plainclothes deputies of the Brevard Sheriff’s Office.  They were attempting to arrest Derossett’s adult niece for prostitution following an undercover sting […]