TALLAHASSEE, Fla The former Vice Chairman of the Citizens Task Force that studied the state’s Stand Your Ground law is calling on Governor Rick Scott to repeal the law. The state never followed through on a study of how the law was being used.In the wake of the Trayvon Martin death,
Governor Rick Scott appointed a Citizens task force to study Stand Your Ground. Like many task force reports, this one went no where. .Reverend RB Holmes was the task force’s Vice Chairman.
With no action on the 9 recommendations, Holmes says it is time to abolish stand your ground. “The moral thing to do, is to fix this law, amend this law, or simply repeal this law."
The latest insults say advocates was the weekend verdict in the loud music case in Jacksonville. Benjamin Crump, Trayvon Martin's family attorney says the law discriminates against people of color. "We have to communicate that all life matters, all life is precious..."
While the call is to repeal Stand Your Ground, lawmakers are much likely to lean towards repairing it. One bill would put limits on Neighborhood Watch volunteers. Another would allow people to fire a warning shot and not be guilty of a crime.
Rep Neil Combee, R-Lakeland. "It would allow somebody to say, you know, I've got a gun, to to show it, rather than to shoot somebody and then claim Stand Your Ground."
Lawmakers were reluctant to do anything with the task force report or guns last year, that's because the George Zimmerman trial was playing out. This year could be different, but a call from a retreat from Stand Your Ground is likely to fall on death legislative ears.
Differing versions of changes to Stand Your Ground are moving through the House and Senate Committees.