Prominent supporters and opponents of Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law will discuss the controversial statute at a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches lunch on Sept. 19 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
The Forum Club lunch will feature a seven-person panel with WPTV Channel 5 news anchor Michael Williams moderating. Scheduled to appear:
• Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, who voted for the law as a state Senator in 2005 but says subsequent court rulings have broadened some portions of the law beyond the original intent of legislators.
• State Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, who as a state House member in 2005 was an author of the original legislation.
• Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale, who has led efforts to revise or repeal the law in the Legislature. Smith voted against the law as a House member in 2005.
• Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx, who served on a task force appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to review the law in 2012. The task force issued a report supporting the law, though Marx suggested portions of it could be clarified.
• Martin County Sheriff William Snyder, who voted for the law as a state House member in 2005 and was part of a unanimous vote by the Florida Sheriffs Association this year to express support for the law.
• State Rep. Dave Kerner, D-Lake Worth, a former police officer who favors revising portions of the law.
• Palm Beach County Urban League President Patrick Franklin, whose organization favors changing the law.
Public tickets are $60 and must be purchased in advance by calling the Forum Club at (561) 881-9977.