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Task Force Says ‘Stand Your Ground’ Is A Good Law

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People stand outside during the National Bar Association town hall meeting titled, 'Standing Our Ground for Justice' in Tampa, Fla. Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a member of a neighborhood watch in Sanford, Florida, who has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

People stand outside during the National Bar Association town hall meeting titled, ‘Standing Our Ground for Justice’ in Tampa, Fla. Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a member of a neighborhood watch in Sanford, Florida, who has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state task force has determined that Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” statute is a good law and shouldn’t be overturned.

The 44-page report released Friday by Gov. Rick Scott’s office said all persons — regardless of citizenship status — have a right to feel safe and secure in Florida and have a fundamental right to ‘stand their ground’ and defend themselves from attack with proportionate force.

The report recommends that Legislators review standards for neighborhood watch groups. The parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last year, had asked the task force to change the law so defendants couldn’t use it in a self-defense argument.

The task force recommends that watch volunteers should be told not to pursue, confront or provoke potential suspects.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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