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Study says Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law linked to increase in homicides

Posted at 5:33 AM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 10:56:59-05

A new study has linked Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law to a significant increase in gun-related homicides.

The study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed the monthly rates of homicide in Florida between 1999 and 2014.

After the law took effect in 2005, the monthly homicide rate increased nearly 24 percent, while the rate of homicide by firearm rose 31.6 percent.

About two dozen states now have similar "Stand Your Ground" laws.