State task force examines "stand your ground" law
LONGWOOD, Fla. - A state task force studying the controversial "stand your ground" law has now wrapped up its first public meeting just miles from where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed.
Their goal was to examine a state self-defense law being used by the man who shot him.
Gov. Rick Scott's task force on Citizen Safety and Protection held the first of several meetings on the "stand your ground" law at a church Tuesday.
The review was prompted by the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the teen that was shot after a struggle with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.
Zimmerman pled not guilty to second-degree murder and is in Seminole County jail awaiting trial. He claims he shot Martin in self-defense.
Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, appointed chair of the task force, said the meeting isn't about Martin's specific case.
She also said there are no plans to meet privately with Martin's parents. She adds Martin's parents will be able to share their views during public testimony this afternoon.
Trayvon Martin's parents say they plan to lead a rally then present a petition asking for the reform or repeal of the law later Tuesday.
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