Florida Judge Rules ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Is Unconstitutional

MIAMI—A Florida judge ruled Monday that lawmakers’ changes to the state’s controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law violate the state’s constitution. The decision dealt a blow to gun-rights supporters who pressed for the revisions and heartened critics who said the changes made it more difficult to convict people of violent crimes.

In the Florida legislative session earlier this year, the Republican-led House and Senate updated the 2005 “stand your ground” law, one of the earliest in the U.S. to expand the…

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