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Fla. Stand Your Ground Task Force Holds First Meeting

The task force Florida Governor Rick Scott formed to review the state's controversial 'stand your ground' law had its first meeting Tuesday.

The law allows people being threatened to fire without having to retreat.

The 'Citizen Safety and Protection Task Force' was created in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but the group says it won't be focusing on that case.

The panel's chairwoman, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, says their mission can't be about just one person.

"This law is not specific to any one area in our state or person," she said. "It can apply to any Floridian in any area of the state. This law has effects on all Floridians, regardless of race, creed or color."

The panel says it will not focus on preventing another Trayvon Martin, and that's something democratic Senator Chris Smith has a problem with.

In response, he's created his own task force. That group is recommending lawmakers clarify when stand your ground can be used.

"You have prostitutes shooting their Johns and availing themselves of this law; you have gang members having shootouts and availing themselves of this law; you have people chasing someone a block down the street, stabbing someone to death, and availing themselves of this law. I think those points need to be clarified."

Smith hopes he can present that and other findings at the task force's next meeting on June 12 in Sanford. That's where the Martin shooting happened.

The task force will also meet September 12 in Miami Gardens, where Martin lived.


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