Effort underway to scrap Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws

(WEAU) - One of the biggest names in politics has the "Stand Your Ground” law in his cross-hairs, hoping to curb or eliminate it altogether.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching a nationwide campaign to stop it.

The District Attorney says if the legislators decide to take a step toward removing the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida, which says you can use force in a situation requiring self defense, it won't completely eliminate the right to claim self defense in court.

"They justify gun play and invite vigilante justice and retribution with disastrous result," said New York Mayor Bloomberg.

Gun use has been a touchy subject since the Trayvon Martin case.

21 states currently have the law, and Wisconsin has the conceal -carry law as well as the castle doctrine.

Yet, it doesn't seem our laws won't be going anywhere.

"This is a specific instance and if you ask me an overreaction on behalf of Mayor Bloomberg who has always been anti gun throughout his career," said Chippewa County District Attorney Steve Gibbs.

The Chippewa County District Attorney says that Mayor Bloomberg shouldn't have much power in removing “Stand Your Ground” in Florida.

"I think its going to be extremely hard in Florida to remove this law because it’s not coming from Florida, its coming from New York," said Steve.

Claiming self defense is always an option but Eau Claire Sheriff Ron Cramer says it’s difficult to prove.

"There's some of these cases, there are two people who know what happened and only one person alive at this point," said Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer.

Meanwhile the New York Mayor gives his opinion on having the option of self defense.

"These shoot first laws have nothing to do with that or with the exercise of second amendment rights," said Mayor Bloomberg.

"Once you pull the trigger in a split second decision you can't turn back the clock," said Ron.


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  • by Marde Hawking Location: Niagara Falls on Apr 17, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    Once the attacker pulls the trigger, your option to run or retreat disappears, as does your life. Self defense should always be optional. To charge a victim of domestic violence or a home invasion for resisting the attacker in the attempt to save your life is a second assault on the victim.
  • by Stonner Location: FC on Apr 16, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    Now anti gun extremist are at it again. Why not ban ropes? Just think how many people die from the misuse of ropes. Ropes tie up hostages, hang people, and are a great aid for suicides. I personally keep all my ropes in a rope safe. Ropes left out of a safe should have child protection devices attached. You just never know what a child might do once they get their little sticky fingers on an unattended rope. They just might start jumping with it and we all know the dangers that can result from that foolishness.
  • by Grizz Location: West on Apr 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
    Self defense- it is not rocket science. You break into my house you are threatening my family. You will now die. Simple enough.
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      by Scott on Apr 16, 2012 at 06:02 AM in reply to Grizz
      Better hope you have a sympathetic jury then because you will go to trial. You have to be in mortal danger for self defense to be used and to be able to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • by Gary Location: ec on Apr 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    not really a concern in WI as the WI constitution allows a person to defend hisself with a gun if needed
  • by rightwinger Location: chippewa falls on Apr 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
    they arnt gonna take me guns!
  • by Robert Location: Tennessee on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM
    There are going to be a lot of good people going to jail for defending their lives and the lives of their families if this comes to fruition.
  • by Jane Location: Chippewa Fals on Apr 15, 2012 at 09:24 AM
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      by Scott on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to Jane
      Actually you still have a very good chance of being prosecuted even with these laws. These laws are not a get out of jail free. The are for very specific circumstances that they should protect you from not an all encompassing umbrella law.
  • by Carl Location: New York on Apr 15, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    Bloomberg needs to move to another country if he wants to live somewhere that is gun free and leave the rest of us alone.
  • by anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Apr 15, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    Sometimes politicians bang their drums the loudest when they know their proposals are without steam.
  • by anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Apr 15, 2012 at 06:43 AM
    Sometimes politicians bang their drums the loudest when they know their proposals are without steam.
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