Trayvon Martin's parents lead rally at task force review

'Stand your ground' task force begins review

Published On: Jun 12 2012 06:34:28 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 12 2012 06:58:58 PM EDT
LONGWOOD, Fla. -

On Tuesday, Trayvon Martin's parents led a rally outside the meeting of the Citizen Safety and Protection task force and presented a petition with more than 300,000 signatures asking for the reform or repeal of the "stand your ground" law.

Martin's parents said they wanted to address the task force themselves to tell them the stand your ground law is personal for them. But the chair of the task force,  Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, says the meeting isn't about Martin's specific case.

"It cuts very deep and this is so serious," said Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton. I had to bury my son at 17. He was committing no crime. He did nothing wrong."

Martin's parents was joined by a national group called Second Chance at Shoot First. The group is trying to have shoot first laws in dozens of states reformed or repealed and they say they have collected 375,000 petitions to help the effort.

The second meeting of the statewide task force put together by Gov. Rick Scott to figure out what to do about the law. It was the first meeting to allow public comment.

Fulton said she isn't against guns, but would like to see the law reformed. She urged the panel to give the law a good look.

"So I just want to say, please, I beg you just review the law again," Fulton said.

The task force doesn't have authority to change the law, but it will make recommendations to the legislature and the governor.

George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder of 17-year-old Martin following an altercation.

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