Florida House to vote on 'stand your ground' repeal

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — The Republican-controlled Florida House is expected to vote down a bill to repeal the state's contentious "stand your ground" law.

It's unusual for the Legislature to schedule a vote on a bill that lacks support from GOP legislators. But Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford agreed to have a hearing on the self-defense law following protests that occurred this summer at the Capitol.

Those protests were sparked by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

House Democratic Leader Perry Thurston predicted that the House Criminal Justice subcommittee on Thursday would vote down the bill (HB 4003) that repeals the "stand your ground" law.

Thurston called on House Republicans to back a Senate measure to tweak the law. But a top House Republican criticized the Senate legislation.

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