Florida Legislator Wants Stand Your Ground Gone, But Not Everybody Is On Board

By: Bailey Myers Email
By: Bailey Myers Email

By: Bailey Myers
July 14th, 2013

Tallahassee, FL: Following Zimmerman's not guilty verdict the Stand Your Ground Law is facing scrutiny once again. This time the Florida Legislator is looking for real change.

Florida Representative (D) Alan Williams explained, "Law enforcement wasn't able to apply the law because they didn't understand the law." The law states that a person: "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." The night Trayvon Martin was killed Sanford law enforcement turned to this law as a defense for George Zimmerman.

During the last legislative session a task force was assembled to analyze stand your ground, and what they decided was that no major adjustments needed to be made. Now that the George Zimmerman case is over certain legislators are pleading to put that issue back on the table."

Representative Williams said, "And so now we have, I think, an opportunity to help our law enforcement community by going out and clarifying the language."

After this law has already been erased by legislators, not everyone believes motivation behind these actions are completely about the law. The Secretary for the Vietnam Veterans of America in Tallahassee explained, "It doesn't ever hurt to look at anything and to improve or change things and make them better but when you are doing that based on emotion that's when things get hijacked."

Representative Williams also explained there are two bills up for the next legislative session.

One would repeal the Stand Your Ground law, while the other would clarify the appropriate application already on the books.


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