State Rep. Baxley, author of the ‘stand your ground’ law responds to today’s task force announcement
Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-District 23) spoke with WUFT’s Chip Skambis about his response to the task force statement supporting the “stand your ground” law that he originally sponsored. The task force to review the law was appointed by the governor after the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
“Repeal was not the conclusion, nor was it the conclusion of any other entity that looked at this,” Baxley said.
“[The law] is proportional and shows you had to use deadly force to stop a violent act. No one should to question whether the government is going stand beside you, and you should not be treated like a criminal when you were doing the right thing: you were stopping a violent act.”
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