Stand Your Ground and Concealed Weapons Laws

Stand Your Ground and Concealed Weapons Laws

The killing of Trayvon Martin has prompted former President Bill Clinton and others to call for a review of Stand Your Ground laws. State policies on concealed weapons and self-defense.

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 at 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.

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