Homicides and Shootings Increasing in Southwest Florida

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There has been a dramatic increase in violent crime in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee County
The recent double homicide in Bradenton of the two young store clerks is just an example. In Tampa Ybor city has seen a spike in violent crime. There has been an increase in gun charges for carrying concealed firearms as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. No one knows what is fueling this increase in violent crime. In the past, much of the violent crime was associated with the drug trafficking. Drug deals gone bad and robberies of the drug dealers accounted for much of the violent crime. There does not seem to be a dramatic increase in the domestic violence related gun or assault charges or road rage. It looks like armed robbery is the main cause.
On the one hand, there is an argument that there are too many guns readily available to the public. The other side of that argument is that in our violent society there is all the more reason to have a firearm for personal protection. I am a strong advocate of the concealed carry laws. The simple fact is that you never know what situation you are going to face in your day to day life. Simply going to a movie can put you at risk. Between the jihadists, the whackos, the robbers and the psychos, carrying a gun to me seems like a good idea. Responsible gun ownership and responsibly exercising your right to carry a firearm with a concealed weapon permit may someday keep you from becoming a victim yourself.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I regularly defend people who are wrongfully accused with firearm crimes. The stand your ground law is misunderstood by the public, and recent Court cases convey the wrong impression.
If you or a loved one gets arrested or charged with a gun crime and you want to talk with a lawyer that understands the importance of self defense, you can call for a free consultation at 239 334 8890 in Ft. Myers or 941 366 3506 in Sarasota

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