There are 34 states in the Unted States that have a stand-your-ground law. Of those 34 states,, Virginia, and Washington have their own version of the stand-your-ground law.
Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law states: A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity, and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. F.S. §776.013(3)
In 2011 Pennsylvania passed the Castle Doctrine, that includes stand-your-ground rights to any place you have the right to be. There are some exceptions to this law. For example the an individual cannot use deadly force and invoke stand your ground law unless the aggressor produces or shows a deadly weapon. The law was modeled on Florida's SYGL, but LE officials requested the deadly weapon amendment. Which Florida does not have within their SYGL.
The "stand your ground" law states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first. One key distinction is whether the concept only applies to defending a home or vehicle, or whether it applies to all lawfully occupied locations. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the "stand your ground" law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit. The difference between immunity and a defense is that an immunity bars suit, charges, detention and arrest.
Stand your ground laws are a slippery slope to say the least. They are an open invitation to gunfights. A person's right to defend himself, his family and his property are already recognized in the law. There is also the right to make a citizen's arrest (although this must be done in a specific and correct way)
In general no. If my path happens to take me in the same direction as your path I am not obligated to choose another path. If the following is menecing, threatening or constant than it might be considered stalking. Stalking is illegal in most states but it entails more than simply walking on the same street in the same direction at the same time. There is another consideration though. If your in a state with a stand your ground law such as Florida and you have a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to yourself or another such as an armed man following you at night for no apparent reason than you have a right to stand your ground and even use letal force in your own defense. That person following you may not have broken a law but you are not obligated to wait for them to attack before defending yourself in some states. This is a grey area of law since neither person may have actually broken a law but both might be justified in commiting violence by the law. Both the person who feels they are being menaced and the person they attack with leathal force when they stand their ground. Common sense dictates that while following someone might not be illegal it also might not be very wise.
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