Florida’s governor has drafted “anti-mob” legislation to expand already controversial Stand Your Ground laws — to allow people to shoot looters, according to a report.
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.
DeSantis has long threatened to introduce the “strongest pro-law enforcement, anti-rioting, anti-looting legislation anywhere in the country” — even though the Sunshine State has not been a hub of violent protests.
While a draft version of the bill was circulated to the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, it has not been filed in either the House or Senate — but has already sparked outrage, the paper said.
“It allows for vigilantes to justify their actions,” Denise Georges, a former Miami-Dade County prosecutor who had handled Stand Your Ground cases, told the paper.
Sources: NY Post; Image: Florida Politics