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'Stand Your Ground' Law Linked to Significant Increase in Homicides: Study

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    A picture of Trayvon Martin is seen on a table with others pictures of people killed by gun violence at the third annual Circle of Mothers conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 16, 2016.

    Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, the subject of controversy following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, has been linked to a significant increase in gun-related homicides, a new study has found.

    As NBC News reports, the paper, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says that the implementation in 2005 of the state’s self-defense law was associated with a 24.4 percent increase in homicides — and a 31.6 percent increase in firearm-related homicides.

    A so-called “Stand Your Ground” law removes the duty to retreat when confronted with a perceived deadly threat. Florida was the first of more than 20 states to have implemented such laws.