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Stand Your Ground task force meets on First Coast

8:05 AM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Governor's Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection will hold its final meeting in Jacksonville as it reviews the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.

The law affords a person the right to use force in self-defense without the obligation to retreat.  Florida and two dozen other states have similar laws.

The controversial law came into the spotlight following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.  "Stand Your Ground" was raised as a defense at the time of the shooting.  George Zimmerman who was involved in the shooting has since been charged with murder.

The task force chaired by Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll will meet at Edward Waters College on Tuesday, October16, starting at 9 a.m.

Experts on the topic are expected to testify.  The hearing also affords the public an opportunity to comment.  

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