Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is back in the news after an Internet café patron shot and wounded two people during an attempted robbery.
According to the New York Daily News, prosecutors say 71-year-old Samuel Williams was acting within the law — which allows a person to use deadly force if they believe they’re in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm — when he shot the two men during the July 13 robbery attempt at Palms Internet Café in Ocala, Florida.
Williams is also licensed to carry a concealed weapon, the sheriff’s office said.
The controversial law drew international attention earlier this year after the fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer in the Orlando community where Martin was staying with his father.
Zimmerman was initially rendered immune from prosecution after claiming he shot the teen in self-defence, but has since been charged with second-degree murder and is now free on bail after pleading not guilty.