A report issued by the bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition shows that many of the 22 states with 'Stand Your ground" laws have experienced an increase in the number of justifiable homicides committee by private citizens in the years following their enactment.
The report, Shoot First: 'Stand Your Ground Laws and Their Effect on Violent Crime and the Criminal Justice System,' the jump in justifiable homicides was particularly large in some states.
The average annual number jumped by 200 percent in Florida, 54 percent in Texas, 83 percent in Georgia, 24 percent in Arizona and 725 percent in Kentucky.
"We need common-sense gun laws in this country that will help reduce violence and keep our neighborhoods safe," said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "This study offers vital insight into how we can improve our laws to ensure the safety of the American people."
The coalition joined with the National Urban League and VoteVets for the report.
Mayor Johnny Ford in Tuskegee is part of the coalition.
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