Stand Your Ground - The impact of Florida's firearm self-defence laws

David Humphreys

David Humphreys, Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, has published a recent study on how Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' legislation has impacted homicide and suicide by firearm rates in the state. You can read the article abstract here, which concludes that 'the removal of restrictions on when and where individuals can use lethal force was associated with a significant increase in homicide and homicide by firearm in Florida.'

David's work was used last week as part of an opinion piece in the New York Times, which explores the ways in which this legislation has expanded inequality in the state. A further amendment to the legislation, passing the burden of proof to the prosecution, is currently moving through Florida's state legislature.