TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Despite a similar House proposal that was previously killed, a bill to significantly change Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is advancing in the Senate.READ MORE: Man Killed In Fort Lauderdale Shooting, Family Believes He Was Targeted
A Senate committee voted 5-1 on Wednesday to approve a bill that would require prosecutors prove that self-defense wasn’t a factor before trying an individual using a stand your ground defense.
Florida law allows the use of deadly force if someone feels their life is in jeopardy. Right now, the burden to prove self-defense during a pre-trial hearing is on the accused.READ MORE: Florida Man Daniel Baker Found Guilty In State Capitol Plot
The law came under scrutiny after neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
The bill is in response to a Supreme Court ruling that the burden of proof in stand your ground cases is on the individual charged.MORE NEWS: Local Political Leaders Want Gov. Ron DeSantis To Move Up Special Election For Alcee Hastings Congressional Seat
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