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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A proposal that would change the burden of proof in “stand your ground” self-defense cases is holding on for dear life after nearly dissipating in the House. The bill is now slated to go to the Senate Rules Committee.

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If approved by the committee during a meeting Thursday, the bill (SB 344), sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, would be ready to go to the full Senate when the 2016 legislative session starts in January.

The issue stems from a Florida Supreme Court ruling that said people who use the “stand your ground” defense have the burden of showing they should be shielded from prosecution.

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The legislation, backed by the National Rifle Association, would shift the burden of proof to the state in “stand your ground” cases.

A House version of the bill (HB 169), filed by Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, was defeated Nov. 17 in a 6-6 vote in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. But after that vote, Bradley said “everything is in play” until the end of the legislative session.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.