TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A new Florida task force examining the state's self-defense laws is finally meeting.
Gov. Rick Scott created the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection in the wake of the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. The task force is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Tallahassee.
The first meeting is expected to cover housekeeping matters. They are trying to come up with a mission statement on whether they will look at only the "Stand Your Ground" law or on the overall protection of the public
Scott said he has no "preconceived notions" on what the 19-member task force will recommend but he wants it to look at the Florida law that allows citizens to defend themselves with deadly force.
Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who maintains he acted in self-defense. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder following weeks of protests.
Some have questioned the make-up of the task force, which includes Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, and whether it will recommend substantive changes. Critics also are saying that since four of the task force members originally voted for the "Stand Your Ground" law back in 2005, it's just a political move.
The meeting on Tuesday isn't dealing with public opinions, but members said later meetings will focus on what the public has to say.
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