"Seven years later, Pitts and other self-defense supporters donít see any reason to revisit the South Carolina effort, even as the fallout from the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin murder acquittal in Florida has triggered a national call for re-examining stand your ground laws."


Justifiable homicides statewide and in the tri-county region for the past five years through 2011, the most recent year for which state data is available.

2007: 8 (none in Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester counties)

2008: 13 (1 in Charleston and 1 in Berkeley)

2009: 12 (1 in Charleston)

2010: 13 (none locally)

2011: 13 (1 in Charleston)

2012: Statistics not available until later this year.

 Source: SLED