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Forum Club panel: Supporters, opponents wrangle over sharpening “stand your ground”

By George Bennett - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A drafter of Florida’s 2005 “stand your ground” self-defense law defended it Thursday as common-sense protection for crime victims but also said he’s open to “improvements,” including language to bar a neighborhood watch volunteer from confronting a person suspected of improper or illegal activity.

State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, was part of a seven-member panel of stand your ground supporters and critics who debated the law at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon. More than 600 people attended the fast-paced discussion at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

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