Port Charlotte, Florida

Deadly Neighborhood Dispute: Stand-Your-Ground Defense Rejected

A gunman accused of killing his neighbor, Matt Hanson, over a fireworks dispute was denied the stand-your-ground defense in a Port Charlotte case. James Gainvors claimed self-defense when he shot Hanson on July 5, but the judge rejected his stand-your-ground request. The burden of proving self-defense now falls on Gainvors’ legal team, and the case remains fact-specific. Memorials for Hanson have continued to grow in the front yard since his death.