Fla. State Sen.: Zero to One Percent Chance ‘Stand Your Ground’ Overturned

[. . .] Florida Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, who helped draft the 2005 law — the nation’s first — said Holder hadn’t done enough research before calling to overturn “stand your ground.”

“The U.S. Supreme Court adopted ’stand your ground’ 90 years ago [on federal lands] … I found it inappropriate for him to make inappropriate criticism of any law,” said Simmons, a lawyer of 36 years. “The attorney general is simply inaccurate. This is common-sense legislation that protects the innocent.”

Simmons said the possibility of the law being overturned in Florida was “exceedingly limited, somewhere between zero and 1 percent.”

Kareem K. Jordan, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Central Florida, also doubted the current makeup of Florida legislators would repeal the law.

“We have a state in terms of the Legislature and the governor who are fairly conservative,” Jordan said. “The only chance of repeal would be to elect brand-new people to office. But with the culture of this state, I highly doubt that will be the case.”. . .

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