Could a Trayvon Martin case happen in NC?

Gail Neely, Assistant Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, weighs in on the horrific Trayvon Martin story and the similarity between Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law and North Caolina’s new and flawed “Castle Doctrine”: 

“By now you probably know about the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down in Florida by a man who said he was defending himself from a 17 year old boy armed with Skittles and an iced tea.  Part of the reason this man, George Zimmerman, has not yet been arrested is because of Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.  This law gives the benefit of the doubt to those who use deadly force when they feel threatened.  Under the Stand Your Ground law, an individual does not have the responsibility to retreat, even when they may do so safely. 

What you may not know is that the Florida law is just one of 21 similar laws passed around the country in recent years. One of those 21 laws was passed in North Carolina last year—the ‘Castle Doctrine’ Law (House Bill 650). Castle Doctrine implies that this legislation applies only to a home or residence.  However, HB 650 extends past the individual’s home to their workplace or vehicle; making them immune to civil or criminal prosecution if they claim they felt threatened or in danger.

Since the Stand Your Ground law went into effect in Florida, the number of justifiable homicides has tripled. And a young life was tragically cut short because of a claim of self-defense. It’s time for Florida, North Carolina, and states across this country to take a hard look at these Stand Your Ground Laws.  Changes need to be made before another tragedy occurs.” 


Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Last month Republicans in North Carolina joined a nationwide conservative push to file legislation t [...]

Nearly 40 years ago, Yolanda Strickland felt the sting of racism for the first time. She was 10, a f [...]

WASHINGTON — Congress had yet to even schedule a hearing on a measure granting statehood to the Dist [...]

A morning in evictions court: 123 cases, residents of 31 households on the verge of homelessness On [...]

The post Anti-trans bills don’t fall far from the HB2 tree appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

Cooper’s modest spending proposal illustrates how far we’ve fallen Gov. Roy Cooper proposed a new tw [...]

In his response to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’s recent State of the State address, Senate Majority Lead [...]

The post GOP attempts to overrule Cooper’s pandemic powers appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]