WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM)- The self-defense law in Florida is very similar to the one in Michigan. It allows someone to use deadly force against another person if they fear for their life. Right now, 21 states allow citizens to use deadly force without attempting to retreat.
Attorney Paul Ledford teaches the subject at Silver Bullet Firearms in Wyoming. "Before 2006, there was an obligation, unless you were inside your home, and other minor exceptions, to look for some reasonable and safe means to retreat," said Ledford.
The state of Florida had a similar law. But in 2005 it was changed. Many felt it favored the law abiding citizen instead of the criminal. Michigan followed suit in 2006, as did, several other states. "This law said, look, if you are a law abiding citizen you shouldn't be afraid of the criminal element. You should be able to stand your ground in most circumstances and there are exceptions."