The law that was passed has been referred to as the "Castle Doctrine". Meaning a man's home is his castle.
In Florida, over a period of time, court rulings and local ordinances and LEO policies had created a policy that if you were confronted, you had a "duty to retreat" to avoid the conflict. Basically they were saying if someone breaks your door down, comes in to rob, rape, steal or menace your family, YOU have a "duty to retreat" to avoid the conflict. You are supposed to run away from your own home and property and abandon it to the criminal. Can you see how this kind of policy would make thugs tremble and reduce violent crime?
Some enterprising Attorneys used this policy to successfully sue homeowners who injured criminals who had broken into their homes.
Finally, the people had enough, they put mega pressure on the Legislature to do something.
What the Legislature passed, removed the "Duty to Retreat" and provides that property owners that "meet force with force" and cannot be sued for protecting their property and families from criminals.
I have been using the word property here because the Legislature extended the intent of the law beyond the front door to include real property such as your car, boat, motorcycle, business...real property.
This means that if you are coming out of a restaurant to your car and some crackhead tries to jack you, you may defend yourself. It does not allow for gunfights in the street or the illegal possession/use of any weapon. The law simply removes the requirement that you run away and abandon your property to the criminal. The law allows you to meet force with force to protect your family and property.
You cannot pull your model 7 Dirty Harry .44 mag and shoot someone for walking up to you or knocking on your door. No tourists are in danger unless they are committing crimes.
The law went into effect Oct. 1.