Vote expected on 'stand your ground' repeal

Published On: Nov 07 2013 07:35:27 AM EST


The Zimmerman trial has brought to light Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.


Florida legislators are expected to take a vote on whether to repeal the state's contentious "stand your ground" law.

A House committee has scheduled a five-hour hearing on Thursday to consider two bills dealing with guns.

One of the bills up for consideration would repeal the eight-year-old law that allows the use of deadly force if someone believes his or her life is in jeopardy. HB 4003 is sponsored by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee.

It is expected that House Republicans will vote down the bill. House Speaker Will Weatherford agreed to hold a hearing on the "stand your ground" law this summer.

The law came under fire in the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot by Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman was acquitted in the teen's death, although his attorneys relied on self-defense -- not a stand your ground defense.

The House committee is also scheduled to take up a separate measure that would allow people who fire warning shots to avoid being charged under Florida's "10-20-Life" sentencing law.


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