Senators Approve Tweaks to "Stand Your Ground" Law

The Original author of stand your ground made it clear:

Sen. David Simmons says, "It is an excellent common sense law, but it's not perfect."

When neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, he was sent home under the belief that Police were powerless to investigate stand your ground claims. The compromise legislation fixes that.

Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley says, "We have, not only the obligation but a desire to get to the bottom... We are fact finders."

The legislation also clarifies that aggressors and law breakers can’t assert Stand Your Ground.

"You can't rely upon self-defense if you are the person who provokes the use of force," says Simmons.

The NAACP, which prefers an outright repeal told lawmakers: "It's harder for black defendants to assert stand your ground defense if the victim is white, and easier for whites to raise if the stand your ground defense, if the victims are black," said Kim Keenan.

The Committee voted 7-2 to approve the changes.

The NRA says the legislation misses its mark.

"Yes, we're Luke warm, we don't think it does a lot of good, but in its current state, we don't think it does a lot of harm, although there's potential," said Marion Hammer.

Still to be worked out is weather law enforcement will be required to train for just issued guidelines to neighborhood watch groups.

The legislation also limits immunity for someone using force, which signals trouble ahead for the purposed changes.

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