FL’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Task Force Stacked with Gun Supporters


Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s new task force on public safety will begin reviewing the state’s “stand your ground” law in two weeks, but the lawmakers anchoring the group have voting records packed with support for the law and other gun rights expansions, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Critics of the Republican-leaning group doubt it will be able to effect real change. Created in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s shooting death, the group is tasked with reviewing laws and policies that affect public safety.

“We have tapped a diverse and qualified group to carefully review our laws and our policies,” Scott said Thursday, standing next to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who will serve as chair. Carroll co-sponsored “stand your ground” in 2005 and voted for it. House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, also helped choose members. Each was a co-sponsor of the law. The elected officials they selected include Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who sponsored the “stand your ground” measure and has indicated it doesn’t need to be changed. The 17-member task force includes several legal professionals and neighborhood watch volunteers from across the state.

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