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http://news.scotsman.com/international.cfm?id=2014492005

IT IS Britain's most popular transatlantic holiday destination, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors a year with its sun-drenched beaches, theme parks and wildlife.

But Florida's £30 billion tourism industry is under threat from a campaign launched by a gun-control group which warns visitors they could be killed.

A series of alarming adverts, to be placed in British newspapers, warns potential tourists about a new law allowing gun owners to shoot anyone they believe threatens their safety.
 

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Group Warns Florida Tourists They Could Be Shot

POSTED: 5:52 am CDT October 4, 2005

MIAMI -- Florida has a new law that gives legal protection to someone who shoots somebody else as long as the shooter feels threatened or is attacked.

Florida's "stand your ground" law, which took effect Saturday, says citizens no longer are obligated to retreat from an attack if they're somewhere they have a legal right to be, such as a public street. Shooters also get immunity from prosecution so long as the person shot is not a police officer.

One gun control activist said there is no other state in the nation and no other civilized nation on Earth that has a law like this.

And one visitor to Miami said "it's a little scary" learning about the new Florida gun law.

A gun control group is handing out leaflets at Miami International Airport, making sure tourists are aware of a new law that gives greater legal protections to people who shoot or use other deadly force.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence tells visitors, "do not argue unnecessarily with local people." It says, "If someone appears to be angry with you, maintain to the best of your ability a positive attitude, and do not shout or make threatening gestures."

Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm says Florida's new "stand your ground" law could cause the most aggressive people in society to overreact.

Gov. Jeb Bush has denounced the Brady Campaign as "pure, unadulterated politics."

But the tourism industry is taking the campaign seriously. Visit Florida said Florida is "very safe" and that the Brady Campaign is "one group's political agenda."

Supporters of the law, pushed by the National Rifle Association, say it will make Florida safer.
 

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I wish more states would wake up and realize lawfully carrying residents AREN'T the problem. Bravo Florida :cool:
 

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I think Fl went too far on this one. Al though I think these Brady suppoters are morons I do agree with one statement made.

Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm says Florida's new "stand your ground" law could cause the most aggressive people in society to overreact.

I have to admit I agree with that. We all know there are people out there that take one look at someone and because of a race diference or whatever they feel is threatening, no give em this law and let them shoot if feel threatened, jesus christ you are asking for trouble and I foresee we will be reading many stories from FL about shootings. And I suspect most ofthese stories will make us shake our heads.
 

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The law goes no where near saying "if they look at your funny or if they are of a different race, shoot them."

The law basically says, you do not have to retreat and exaust all other options if you are in fear for your life. Evidently they figure if you are in fear of life, serious injury, or significant loss...that's good enough reason to defend yourself.

The problem is you are reading the paraphrase of the Brady group as to what the law really says...

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I think Fl went too far on this one. Al though I think these Brady suppoters are morons I do agree with one statement made.

Brady Campaign spokesman Peter Hamm says Florida's new "stand your ground" law could cause the most aggressive people in society to overreact.

I have to admit I agree with that. We all know there are people out there that take one look at someone and because of a race diference or whatever they feel is threatening, no give em this law and let them shoot if feel threatened, jesus christ you are asking for trouble and I foresee we will be reading many stories from FL about shootings. And I suspect most ofthese stories will make us shake our heads.
 
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