Former Florida governor Jeb Bush plans to defend his state’s the “Stand Your Ground” law in his speech at the National Rifle Association convention today, a source from the Bush organization confirms to Breitbart News.
Bush signed that measure into law in 2005. He isn’t a declared candidate for president, but is acting like one, traveling the country to discuss important issues and raise campaign cash. His trip to Nashville for the NRA convention demonstrates his interest in courting supporters of the Second Amendment.
The Florida law has been hotly criticized by the left since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin during a confrontation with George Zimmerman, even though his defense did not invoke the controversial law.
“[T]he public outrage was often directed or misdirected, at the Florida law,” ABC News Legal analyst Dan Abrams explained during the controversy, referring to the Zimmerman case.
Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Martin in 2013 and the Justice Department opted against charging Zimmerman with a violation of federal criminal civil rights laws.