Tabbatha Nussbaummer, a Pensacola woman who shot and killed an attacker last year, said the law was necessary, though it has been misapplied at times.
“I was not thinking about the Stand Your Ground law. I was thinking about protecting myself and my family,” she said at Tuesday’s meeting.
In the end, the task force made a few minor recommendations, opting to leave much of the heavy-lifting to the Legislature and the courts.
The task force recommended that the Legislature look more closely at the language determining who could claim self-defense under the Stand Your Ground law.
It also recommended changing the law to discourage neighborhood watch volunteers from engaging in vigilantism.
It asked the Legislature and the law enforcement community to spend more time clarifying what the law means for police.
Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade state attorney, proposed several significant changes to restrict the law, but they were mostly rejected by the other task force members.
From the outset, critics charged that the task force would not propose significant changes to the law, because of its make-up. Two lawmakers who helped draft the law had seats on the task force, along with two others who voted for it in 2005. Another lawmaker appointed to the panel was the chief sponsor of a NRA-backed law prohibiting doctors from asking patients about guns.
Several lawmakers who have proposed gun control legislation in the past say they were denied the opportunity to serve on the task force.
Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, offered the group several recommendations from a task force he had commissioned in April. Most of the recommendations from Smith, the incoming minority leader, were not adopted by the state’s task force.
“I don’t think any task force full of people who support the [stand your ground] bill are going to say anything other than ‘It’s a wonderful bill,’” said Braynon. “I think it’s really going to take an uprising by the people of Florida.”
Toluse Olorunnipa can be reached at tolorunnipa@MiamiHerald.com or on Twitter at @ToluseO.