SC lawmaker wants to change 'Stand Your Ground' law - FOX Carolina 21

SC lawmaker wants to change 'Stand Your Ground' law

Posted: Updated: April 19, 2012 11:36 PM

A South Carolina State Representative has introduced a proposal to eliminate parts of the state's 2006 "Stand Your Ground" law after the death of 17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The public outrage began last month, when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking home from the store. It has led to rallies across the country and several here in the Upstate. The man who says he shot Martin claims self-defense. 

It's a case that has captured national attention and now South Carolina Rep. Bakari Sellers wants to review this state's gun laws.  He made a stop in the Upstate to share his proposal at Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church.

Rep. Sellers told the crowd Thursday evening, he's afraid something similar could happen in South Carolina. That's why he wants to make some minor revisions to the current law, but keep the traditional common law self-defense portion where you can defend yourself. 

Right now, South Carolina's law, like Florida's "Stand Your Ground," says if you have a reasonable belief wherever you are that your life is in danger, you can use deadly force. 

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