Will Repealing 'Stand Your Ground' End Boycott Talk?

Jul 19, 2013

Activists around the nation are crying "boycott Florida!" after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. Many, including Martin Luther King the Third and singer Stevie Wonder, say Florida products should be avoided until Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law - central to the Zimmerman defense - is repealed.

Broward State Senator Chris Smith, a Stand Your Ground opponent, would not support a call to boycott his own state. But he said Governor Scott and the Legislature could defuse the whole movement.

"When it comes to boycott, we can easily end talk of boycott and that's the legislature standing up and saying you know what? We’re going to hear the bills", Smith said. "We're going to do some action."

Smith stood with other local lawmakers and Broward State Attorney Mike Satz on Thursday to call for a special Stand Your Ground legislative session. That will be Governor Scott's decision and he's already said he supports the law as is.