TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —The state
Senate's Democratic leader has filed a bill revising Florida's "stand
your ground law" following the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Sen. Chris Smith
of Fort Lauderdale said on Wednesday said his bill (SB 136) was inspired
by the unarmed 17-year-old boy's death in Sanford. Martin was shot by
neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman who is claiming
self-defense under the law.
key change would eliminate protection from prosecution for someone who
provokes violence or pursues a victim. The bill also would remove
automatic immunity from arrest or detention and clarify that a suspect
can be arrested following a questionable death.
is likely to face opposition from Republicans who control the
Legislature and backed the current law. A panel created by Gov. Rick
Scott has recommended no major changes.