Bill to repeal "Stand Your Ground" filed
JACKSONVILLE (ActionNewsJax.com) -- A North Florida state representative has filed a billl that would repeal our state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. Rep Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) filed the measure on Wednesday.
"In several cases, it's given individuals the ability to hide behind this law," said Williams on Thursday. "Especially in several cases of deadly acts of violence."
The law allows Floridians who feel their lives are in danger to attack assailants--even with deadly force. The law was thrust into the national spotlight with the February 26th, 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.
In the wake of Martin's death, Governor Rick Scott called for a task force to review the "Stand Your Ground" law. Few recommendations have come from the task force.
Williams said the bill has no Senate sponsor yet, but several lawmakers are considering taking it on.
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