Trayvon Martin case fuels debate about repeal of 'Stand Your Ground' law

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Trayvon Martin case has spurred much debate about Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law, which permits the use of deadly force in self-defense. Some believe the law works, while others say it should be repealed.

The marches for Martin press on as does debate about the 'Stand Your Ground' law, which has come under scrutiny following the shooting death of the 17 year old by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The shooting happened in Sanford in February. Nearly two months later, and calls for a repeal of the law are growing louder.

Among the elected officials calling for repeal of the law is state Senator Maria Sachs, (D) Delray Beach.

"It needs to be under investigation, but even Moreso, the law under which this incident occurred also needs to be under investigation," she said.

Sachs believes the law allows for too much ground for someone to use deadly force.

"We need to go back and take a look at what's happening with this balancing act between the right to carry firearms and the right of people to be secure, to feel secure," said Sachs.

Republican state senate candidate Mike Lameyer sees it much differently.

"Stand Your Ground law is working exactly the way it was designed to work," said Lameyer, who is running for office in either District 25 or District 34, depending on where redistricting lines are drawn.

Lameyer believes 'Stand Your Ground' law protects Floridians who are under attack. He said that the Trayvon Martin investigation, still in its early stages,  should not serve as a catalyst for those calling for repeal.

"This law is a very good law and it allows law-abiding citizens to defend themselves if attacked," he said.

Governor Rick Scott, meanwhile, is planning his own task force to look into the 'Stand Your Ground' law. The law, at this point, does not look to be changing.

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