Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his intention to expand the state’s controversial stand-your-ground law by allowing armed citizens to defend themselves against violent rioters and looters.
The New York Post reports on the Republican governor’s proposal to the lawlessness problem that emerged from police brutality protests.
A draft of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed bill expands the list of “forcible felonies” under Florida’s self-defense law to include criminal mischief causing “interruption or impairment” of a business, according to the Miami Herald, which obtained a copy through a records request.
It also specifically allows force against those looting, which the draft defines as burglary within 500 feet of a “violent or disorderly assembly.”
DeSantis also wants to make it a third-degree felony to block traffic during a protest — and offer immunity to drivers who accidentally kill or injure protesters who do so, according to the Herald.
Numerous other sections enhance criminal penalties for people involved in “violent or disorderly assemblies,” and withholds state funds from local governments that cut law enforcement funding, the report said.
The draft’s language puts specifics behind DeSantis’ promise to crack down on violence.