Lee’s note: ‘Stand your ground’ survived another repeal effort. Here are the details from USF Executive Director Marion Hammer.
ALERT ! Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Stood It’s Ground Against Attack
By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 11-2, the Florida House Criminal Justice Committee stood its ground and defeated HB-4003, by Rep. Alan Williams(D).
HB-4003 would have repealed the Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground law.
House Speaker Will Weatherford kept his word. He gave Rep. Williams and his Dream Defenders the hearing they requested.
Committee Chairman Matt Gaetz kept his word. He skillfully and expertly ran a fair, open and orderly 5-hour hearing.
In a structured format, each side was allowed 30 minutes for Legislators who were not on the Committee to speak on the bill.
Speaking in opposition to repeal were Rep. Jason Brodeur (R), Rep. Marti Coley (R), Rep. Katie Edwards (D)
Speaking in support of repeal, Rep. Alan Williams was the only Legislator who spoke in the 30 minute time slot allocated for legislators to speak in favor of repeal.
Speaking for 2 minutes each were 59 speakers from around the state (24 in Support of repeal and 35 Opposed to repeal). Following speakers on both sides of the issue, and spirited closing debate, the vote was as follows:
Voting Against the Bill To Repeal Stand Your Ground: