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Task force backs Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law

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Florida’s “stand your ground” law works and should not be overturned, but the standards for neighborhood watch groups should be looked at by the Legislature, a state task force concluded Friday.

The 44-page report released by Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s office said people have a right to feel safe and secure in Florida and have a fundamental right to stand their ground and defend themselves from attack. Most of the recommendations had already been made public.

The report, however, recommended that legislators look at neighborhood watch groups. The parents of Trayvon Martin, a teenager killed a year ago by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, had asked the task force to change the 2005 law.

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton asked the task force last June to support a “Trayvon Martin amendment” to the law, which would make it harder for someone who starts a fight to use a self-defense argument under the law.

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