FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The two top Democrats in the Florida Legislature say it's time to have a full debate on the stand-your-ground law following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
State Sen. Chris Smith and Rep. Perry Thurston, both of Fort Lauderdale, said Thursday that lawmakers refused to consider repeal or any proposed changes last year. The two Democrats contend the acquittal Saturday of Zimmerman on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges show the law passed in 2005 has deep problems.
Democrats are proposing bills to repeal the stand-your-ground law or make changes such as requiring an arrest in a fatal shooting when only two people are involved and there are no witnesses.
Gov. Rick Scott and Republicans who dominate the Legislature largely oppose any change.