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Immunity from criminal and civil action?

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776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.--

(1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10

This appears to state that if use of force is justified, a firearm user is immune to civil action. That is the exact opposite of what I understood as I would expect a family member with a hungry attorney, to come after the defender, esspecially if a firearm is used.

Any other interpretation on this?
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This is a good law IMHO. If you are truly in danger and your life is at stake and you use deadly force the last thing you need is the perp's family taking you to court for damages.
Str8Shooter thanks for clearing up what exactly this law means for the average person. It sucks but it is what it is. I'm pretty certain if I ever have to use deadly force that it would be justifiable so I'm not going to worry about civil suits. I'll worry about protecting my family.
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