Bill filed by state senator to change stand your ground law - FOX 35 News Orlando

Bill filed by state senator to change stand your ground law

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Protest after protest took place shortly after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.  Many blasted the stand your ground law saying it should be repealed or changed.

While Florida State Senator David Simmons supports stand your ground, he is proposing changes which would improve the self-defense law. 

"I filed what I call the 'Glitch Bill,' and I'm going to seek a hearing.  I believe there are improvements in the stand your ground law."

The bill would allow law enforcement to have the right to set rules when it comes to neighborhood watch volunteers.  Sen. Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, says no one should be pursuing a situation.

"The participants should not be following and certainly trying to accost or address a person who is alleged to be a suspect. Leave that to law enforcement."

Simmons also wants to make sure detectives investigate stand your ground cases to the fullest and don't assume there is automatic immunity.

"We want to make sure that law enforcement does a complete and thorough investigation of any incident."

Simmons says the Zimmerman case was about self-defense, not the stand your ground law.  But he acknowledges that public reaction highlights the need for changes to the law.

"George Zimmerman, by all accounts by the prosecution and defense, was pinned to the ground.  Since he was pinned to the ground, he had no opportunity to flee." 

However, he says the prosecution could have handled the case differently.

"They didn't spend time talking about who provoked the use of force and the defense of self defense, as well as stand your ground.  Those are not available to the person who provoked the use of force."

Simmons hopes a legislative committee will consider the bill at a hearing in a few weeks.

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