BREAKING: Florida House Overwhelmingly Votes to Keep Stand Your Ground Law
Last night gun rights in Florida got a bit of a victory in the state legislature.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 11-2 to strike down a bill that would have repealed the law.
The vote likely kills any chance of the law being repealed by the current set of lawmakers making up the Florida legislature. The law has been repeatedly supported by multiple government hearings and studies in FL.
The Stand Your Ground Law has been at the source of controversy following the trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. A jury found that Zimmerman acted in self defense within Florida law.
While Zimmerman did not use a stand your ground defense during the trial, the jury was instructed to consider the law when coming to a verdict.
Last week, the US Senate held a hearing on Stand Your Ground Laws nationwide. The hearing was attended by and heard testimony from Martin’s mother. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) addressed Martin’s mother during the hearing.
“We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic, violent incident for agendas that have nothing to do with that young man who lost his life. We have seen efforts to undermine the verdict of the jury and, more broadly, to inflame racial tensions that I think are sad and irresponsible,” the Texas senator added.
“I think that’s a remarkable statement on many, many fronts, including the fact that a great many African-Americans find themselves victims of violent crime, and have asserted this defense to defend themselves, defend their families, defend their children,” he explained.
“The notion that stand your ground laws are some form of veiled racism may be a convenient political attack, but it is not borne out by the facts remotely,” he concluded.