Weeks after Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby proposed that the city limit their financial ties with Florida, one Florida legislator seeks to repeal that state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

Democratic lawmaker Alan B. Williams submitted a bill Aug. 20 against the self-defense law which came to the forefront in the debate over the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

“It’s not about gun control, it’s about self-control,” Williams said during an interview with television journalist Roland Martin. “We hunt too, but we don’t hunt young men minding their own business.”

Florida was the first state to pass the law in 2005. The statute states that if a person is in fear of their safety, then they have the right to use deadly force for self-defense without first attempting to evade or retreat from a threat

After Zimmerman’s acquittal in July, Williams announced his decision to appeal the decree during the 2013 National Association of Black Journalist Convention (NABJ) in hopes to change the self-defense law in Florida.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford said he might revisit the law if there is a clear consensus among law enforcement that Stand Your Ground makes their job more difficult.

“We hope we can be the first state to repeal or reform the Stand Your Ground ,” Williams told the Sentinel.

Most efforts to change the controversial law have met dead ends, according to The Huffington Post.

In a recent interview with the AFRO Mosby said, “it’s fundamentally wrong and I think change needs to occur.”


Blair Adams

AFRO Staff Writer