Analysis of Stand Your Ground Laws Shows Rise in Overall Homicides
An analysis of "Stand Your Ground Laws" released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the National Urban League and VoteVets finds a staggering increase in homicides—both justifiable and overall--since these laws were enacted. The report also found that the greatest impact was felt by African-Americans.
The report, "Shoot First: ‘Stand Your Ground' Laws and Their Effect on Violent Crime and the Criminal Justice System," offers a comprehensive review of a legal phenomenon that drew national attention after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. The study details how these laws have skewed self-defense claims in favor of shooters, sharply increasing successful claims that fatal shootings were justified while boosting the overall homicide rates. The report also provides an analysis of the Stand Your Ground laws in each of the 22 states that have adopted them since Florida passed the nation’s first in 2005.