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Gov. Scott’s public safety task force anchored by gun-friendly lawmakers

Gov. Rick Scott’s new task force on public safety will begin reviewing the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law in two weeks, but the lawmakers anchoring the group have voting records pocked with support for the law and other controversial gun rights expansions.

Critics of the Republican-leaning group doubt whether it will be able to effect real change. Created in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s shooting death, the group is tasked with reviewing laws and policies that affect public safety.

“We have tapped a diverse and qualified group to carefully review our laws and our policies,” Scott said Thursday, standing next to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who will serve as chair. Carroll co-sponsored Stand Your Ground in 2005, and voted for it.

House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, also helped choose members. Each was a co-sponsor of Stand Your Ground. The elected officials they selected also have their fingerprints on Stand Your Ground and other controversial gun laws.

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