Deal opposes Stand Your Ground law repeal in Georgia |


Deal opposes Stand Your Ground law repeal in Georgia |

ATLANTA –Georgia should keep its self-defense law likeFlorida’s that critics say emboldened George Zimmerman to confront Trayvon Martin, Gov. Nathan Deal told reporters Tuesday.

The chairman of a major legislative committee said his panel might consider repealing it.

Deal said he was pleased that no violent demonstrations had broken out in Georgia over the not-guilty verdict in the case. Groups across the country have said the verdict and the Stand Your Ground Law serve to encourage attacks on unarmed blacks like Martin.

The law allows people to defend themselves with deadly force if threatened in their home, business, car or place they are entitled to be. Georgia is one of 22 states with similar laws.

Although Zimmerman did not assert a defense under that law, it has become the focus of protests.

Deal predicted some lawmaker would introduce legislation to repeal it.

“I’m fairly sure that there will be somebody in the General Assembly who will ask us to at least revisit and look at the Stand Your Ground legislation that was passed in 2006,” he said. “I do not see anything out of the ordinary in terms of that statute in that it is very similar to the statute in other states, including in the state of Florida.”

Senate Democratic Whip Vincent Fort of Atlanta introduced Senate Bill 147 a week before Martin’s shooting last year which would require anyone with a gun to withdraw from a threat before using deadly force. Within days of Martin’s death, Fort became a steady voice in calling for changing Stand Your Ground, but his bill stalled in the Senate Judiciary Non-Civil Committee chaired by Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro.

Reached at his office, Stone said he might schedule a hearing on it in the next legislative session that starts in January.

“That’s possible,” Stone said. “(Fort) didn’t have the votes to get it out of committee as far as I could tell. It was a little premature.”

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