We often take it for granted that the law is on our side when an intruder breaks into our home. There are many factors that may be in play in this scenario, and in the heat of the moment, it is rarely possible to take the time to research your legal rights. Each state maintains different laws that define a person's rights in their home, and Florida is no different.
Weapons are very powerful tools that are also a great responsibility. In a moment of aggravation, a weapon may be the last thing you should involve to handle your situation. A man from Jupiter recently found this out the hard way when he succumbed to a moment of road rage and fired a gun at another driver.
Gun rights and the laws that govern them are a complicated legal area that often touches very deeply held beliefs for individuals on every side of the issue. While gun rights vary from state to state, federal gun laws place some general restrictions on all firearms that regularly supersede state laws. Many people are surprised to learn that federal gun laws extend to BB guns, although many people don't regularly think of them as "real guns."
Sometimes, no one plays you like you play yourself. In a particularly unfortunate circumstance, you may face criminal charges after suffering self-inflicted injuries, like a man in Jacksonville did recently. It is in these moments that having an attorney to fight for your rights and protect you from your own actions is particularly useful — otherwise you may suffer insult, injury and legal consequences.
A 12-year-old Jacksonville girl was taken off life support and passed away last month after she was shot in the head during a slumber party while sleeping. The shooting, by an 11-year-old boy, was determined to be accidental. Sadly, she is the fifth child in the area to have been shot accidentally just since February.
Gun control has long been a hot button issue in this country. In 2005, Florida's was the first state to pass a stand your ground law.
During 2012, more than 84,173 cases were reported to the United States Sentencing Commission. Of those, 5,768 resulted in convictions for violations of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), commonly known as Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
"We need to take criminals with guns off the streets," said newly-confirmed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions at a recent presentation for state, local and federal law enforcement officials. "We need to put bad people behind bars."