Florida Sets Up Task Force to Examine ‘Stand Your Ground’ Self-Defense Law

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A task force set up by a Democratic state senator is examining whether change is needed to Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin killing.

State Sen. Chris Smith says the panel meeting Thursday in Fort Lauderdale will hear from judges and tourism officials. Smith says the group intends to recommend changes or possible repeal of the 2005 law to state lawmakers.

The law is under nationwide scrutiny following the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford of the 17-year-old Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Martin’s family and supporters want Zimmerman arrested, but the “stand your ground” law has prevented that so far.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott also plans a task force to study the law but not until a prosecutor’s investigation is completed.

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