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Students Stage Sit-In at Gov. Scott’s Office, Demanding Special Session on Florida’s Gun Laws

| July 16, 2013

The students, part of a group called the Dream Defenders, said they’re responding to the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman, want a special legislative session addressing laws such as Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense provision they say unfairly affect minority youth.

Gun Zealots Urging Scott to Veto Firearm-Regulation Bill Even the NRA Supports

| May 10, 2013

The bill closes a legal gap, as state law already bars firearms purchases by people who are involuntarily committed under the Baker Act. This one focuses on people who are found to be an “imminent danger” and face the possibility of being involuntarily committed if they do not admit themselves.

Lawmakers Considering Arming Teachers and Adding Warning Shots to Stand Your Ground

| March 3, 2013

Florida’s self defense law would say people can fire warning shots to fend off attackers without fear of prosecution and teachers would be able to pack heat on campus under bills now before legislators.

Task Force Stands Its Ground Against Changing Florida’s Castle Doctrine Law

| February 25, 2013

The panel charged by Gov. Rick Scott with reviewing the state’s ‘stand your ground’ self-defense law did not recommend any major changes to the statute, although it did make suggestions for tweaks by the Legislature in the upcoming session.

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Calls for Repeal Of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

| January 17, 2013

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, said the Stand Your Ground law protected her son’s killer, George Zimmerman, who pursued Martin before a violent confrontation when Zimmerman shot the 17-year-old boy.

Bill to Repeal “Stand Your Ground” Is Filed In Florida, But May Be Dead on Arrival

| January 10, 2013

Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee, filed the measure on Wednesday, but it would have to get past Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who co-sponsored the self-defense law in 2005, though Baxley has often said that the law was never intended to protect those who pursue their victims.

In Florida, an NRA-Dominated Legislature Steers Clear Of Gun-Control Conversation

| December 19, 2012

The tragic mass killing at a Connecticut school last week has produced a stream of ideas on gun control and school safety at the national level — but reaction in Florida has been muted, at least in the form of concrete legislation.

George Zimmerman Bails Out and Passes Out the Hat for More Money

| July 9, 2012

George Zimmerman is living in a safe house in Seminole County and he needs money, because when a second bond hearing put Zimmerman’s bail at $1 million, the neighborhood watch volunteer had to add $85,000 to the $15,000 he’d posted in April.

Beyond George Zimmerman: Five Stand Your Ground Cases You Should Know About

| June 10, 2012

Although Florida was the first to enact a Stand Your Ground law, 24 other states enforce similar versions. Some of the most notable cases where a version of the Stand Your Ground law has led to freedom from criminal prosecution are highlighted.

She Stood Her Ground. She Got 20 Years. The Case of Jacksonville’s Marissa Alexander.

| May 14, 2012

As Florida reviews its “stand your ground” law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, Marissa Alexander on Friday received a 20-year sentence for firing a shot in what she claims was self-defense and her backers say was a case of her standing her ground.

A Hoodie Over Florida’s Image as More National Voices Denounce Trayvon Killing

| April 1, 2012

The nation’s only black governor, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois are the latest national politicians to voice outrage over the Trayvon Martin Killing and its aftermath in Florida.

Post-Trayvon, Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Won’t Be Repealed But May Be Revised

| March 29, 2012

As the 2005 Stand Your Ground law has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed Trayvon Martin, veteran lawmakers haven’t been able to agree even on what the measure allows but point to a need for clarification.

What Does a Black Father Say to His Son?

| March 27, 2012

In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin, everyone has been talking about mothers having the talk with their sons. But I haven’t heard enough about us — fathers, black men — having that conversation with our sons, writes Andrew Skerritt.

Murder as Self-Defense: Florida’s Gun Zealots on a Rampage

| March 25, 2012

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was touted as protection for the innocent. It has instead led to killings during heated arguments and cases of mistaken identity, argues Susan Clary, with George Zimmerman’s shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin the latest example.

There But For the Grace of Glock Goes Florida: Arizona’s Vigilante Gun Culture

| January 11, 2011

Arizona’s gun laws are either the weakest or among the weakest in the nation. As with immigration law, Florida is looking to Arizona as a model for its own gun laws. An analysis of both states’ gun laws.

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