Letter: Here’s how ‘Stand Your Ground’ really works
Re Tuesday’s “Stand Your Ground” letters from Jerry Tepe, John Kjellman, Bob Longabaugh and Jeff Field:
New Hampshire RSA 627:4 says that “force is not justifiable if:” I(b) “He was the initial aggressor,” III(a) “. . . except that he or she is not required to retreat if he or she is . . . anywhere he or she has a right to be, and was not the initial aggressor.” RSA 627:4, II says, “A person is justified in using deadly force upon another person when he reasonably believes that such other person: (a) Is about to use unlawful, deadly force against the actor or a third person.”
Deadly force does not necessarily mean a gun. A knife, baseball bat or steel toe work boots can kill.
Florida law is similar to this and the prosecution has the responsibility to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt.”