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Scott ‘Stand Your Ground’ task force releases final recommendations

by Dara Kam | February 22nd, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott’s task force examining the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law officially released its final recommendations today, essentially saying the law giving citizens the right to defend themselves with deadly force without the duty to retreat when they feel threatened should remain intact.

Scott appointed the task force after a national outcry sparked by last year’s Feb. 26 death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black, 17-year-old shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, shining a spotlight on the state’s first-in-the-nation Stand Your Ground law that allows individuals to use deadly force when they feel threatened and provides immunity from prosecution. A judge has not yet decided whether the Stand Your Ground applies in the case against Zimmerman, who was arrested charged with murder after Scott appointed a special prosecutor.

Scott’s “Citizen Safety and Protection” task force held meetings around the state and approved the draft recommendations in November.

The group is asking the Legislature to consider:
_ Defining the portion in the law that allows individuals to use Stand Your Ground as long as they are not engaged in “unlawful activity.”
_ Give law enforcement agencies more specific instructions about what neighborhood crime prevention programs and their volunteers can do.
_ Whether immunity from prosecution in criminal and civil actions applies to innocent bystanders.

Altamonte Springs Republican state Sen. David Simmons, a co-sponsor of the 2005 law who served on the panel, has filed a bill (SB 930) that includes two of those suggestions but does not address innocent bystanders.

House and Senate Democrats, including Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith, have filed a slew of bills that would amend the law or repeal it altogether but GOP legislative leaders say they want the law to remain as is.

And task force is recommending that

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13 Responses to “Scott ‘Stand Your Ground’ task force releases final recommendations”

  1. Searcher1 Says:

    So, the Republicans stalled for a year until the furor over Trayvon Martin died down. Just like the NRA is trying to do with the Sandy Hook Massacre.

  2. Thomas Says:

    I usually have no use for decisions made by the GOP, but I have to agree on this one. The law isn’t flawed, it’s interpretation and abuse is.

  3. Leonard Yanez Says:

    I have to say that Ian Curran of West Palm Beach is one lucky S.O.B. that he was not shot dead in Saratoga Bay when he pulled that machete and swung it at that man one day. Curran was even more lucky he had people who was connected to State Attorney McAuliffe and the West Palm Beach Police of not getting charges pressed on him for assault. They all covered up the incident. Including Officer Griffin of the WPBPD.

    Next time, Ian Curran will not be so lucky. Just a matter of time when Curran will be zipped up in a body bag and be taken away.

  4. SwampGatorFL Says:

    When people realize that this is not a gun law, but a deadly force law they will see the light.

  5. vanishingink Says:

    Holy mackerel….Scott finally did something right!

  6. Lg Italian sub, chips & soda Says:

    @SwampGatorFL; AMEN !

    If some psycho comes at me or my family, I will legally (and by divine right) take him out with my hands, a bottle of Snapple ,a galv steel pipe, baseball bat, 38 special, shotgun….. what ever I have.

    Kudos Gov’na! Indeed, you got this one right.

  7. nemo Says:

    Since when is self defence not a good idea?

  8. Big Dem Says:

    Thank you, Judge Krista Marx! Our local judge was on the task force and she helped steer them to the corect opinion: Stand Your Ground is a good law and codifies our inherent right to defend ourselves in a proportionate way in any location we have a legal right to occupy. Thank goodness reasonable people still understand the Bill of Rights and the Constitution .

  9. Yosemite Sam Says:

    Whoohoo!! I’m moving to Florida, where the shootn’s easy and the laws are scary stupid. Say yer prayers varmint!

  10. Kevin Says:

    Thomas is exactly right on this. Stand your ground is a good law. The only problem is that it’s being used by murders like Zimmerman as an excuse to kill and get away with it. There should be very clear guidelines as to what’s considered an acceptable application of the law and what is not. Inappropriate application by defense lawyers is giving stand your ground a bad name. Whenever somebody uses it as an excuse for killing the pro gun people are quick to defend it in almost any situation. If this law ever gets overturned that will be the reason why.

  11. Open Season Says:

    All those who favor this law, be prepared to look down a barrel of a gun when someone feels that you are threat to them.

    Obey their orders until the police arrive or find yourself killed and them walking free claiming they invoked SYG law.

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    Now stop lying, I say, cut the scatology boy!
    You still packin those Navy horse pistols? Well good, cause that boy ‘Open Season’…
    he remi – I say, he reminds me of Paul Revere’s ride, a little light in the belfry… he’s so dumb he thinks a Mexican border pays rent.

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