Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' Defeated In Florida

Repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' Defeated In Florida

An attempted repeal of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law was voted down in that state’s house judiciary committee on November 7. 

The bill offered to repeal it was HB-4003. And according to, HB-4003 would not only have repealed stand your ground but would have also diminished Floridians’ right to self-defense in other ways, other settings.  

The repeal was offered by state representative Alan B. Williams (Democrat). Because he is not a member of the judiciary committee he could not even vote in support of the repeal he requested. 

Williams and the handful of representatives who sided with him pointed to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident as proof the law needs to be done away, even though stand your ground did not play a role in the incident between Martin and Zimmerman. 

Other witnesses included high school students “who were presumably receiving course credit” for arguing against stand your ground.

The repeal was “soundly defeated.”

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