(Tallahassee, FL) — Some Florida lawmakers have been joined by the mother of Trayvon Martin in calling for the repeal of the state’s Stand Your Ground law.
Sybrina Fulton wiped away tears today as she demanded lawmakers get rid of the law she believes is being used by the man accused of killing her son as a shield to keep him out of trouble.
Florida’s Stand Your Ground law allows residents who fear for their lives to use deadly force when defending themselves.
The law gained world-wide attention last year after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense and wasn’t initially charged in the teen’s death.
Following a public outcry, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and his trial is pending.
Fulton and several Democratic Florida lawmakers say they want the law repealed, though such a push could run into trouble in the Republican-led state Legislature.