Co-Author of 'Stand Your Ground' Discusses the Controversial Law

By: Lanetra Bennett
September 4, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Florida Representative Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala) says he's willing to have an open discussion about the state's "Stand Your Ground" Law.

Baxley is one of the authors of Stand Your Ground.

Wednesday, during his address at the Capital City Republican Club meeting, he told members that the law was not controversial when legislators voted on it in 2005.

When asked about critics' demands to amend Stand Your Ground, Baxley said he'd be open minded.

He told media, "Contrary to a lot of people's opinion, I'm actually a reasonable guy. I'm willing to listen and have a conversation. But, do I know what I believe? Yeah, I know what I believe. I believe that we have a good statute. We need to be cautious, but, we also need to be open to having some discussion."

Representative Baxley says he is puzzled by some of the rulings where Stand Your Ground was used in gang shootings.

He says the law was written in the appropriate context of doing nothing unlawful in order to qualify for presumption about not being prosecuted.


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