Tourists warned about Florida's "shoot first" law
Florida's "shoot first" law goes into effect on Saturday. Soon, Floridians won't have to flee before using deadly force in self-defense.
Some opponents of the law want to make sure that tourists know exactly what they're getting into.
"It's a particular risk faced by travelers coming to Florida for a vacation because they have no idea it's going to be the law of the land," said Peter Hamm, communications director of the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "If they get into a road rage argument, the other person may feel he has the right to use deadly force."
In a flier the group plans to pass out at Miami International Airport and possibly Orlando International Airport, tourists will be admonished to take precautions that include: "Do not argue unnecessarily with local people." Newspapers ads, billboards and the Internet will also be used to spread the word. [Newsday]
"Do not argue unecessarily with local people." Damn. They're stealing New York's core brand idea. But for a good cause.