Lawmaker withdraws bill after threats

first_imgOLYMPIA — A Washington lawmaker last week withdrew a bill to limit self-defense rights after saying she received threats by telephone and email that have made her fear for her life.Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, said House Bill 1012, filed last month, was spurred by the Trayvon Martin shooting last February, in which a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida shot dead the unarmed Martin, 17, after confronting him on the street.The shooter, George Zimmerman, was not immediately arrested after the shooting, with local law enforcement citing Florida’s “stand your ground” law as justification for his actions. Zimmerman was subsequently arrested and charged with second-degree murder last April. His case is pending.Appleton’s bill would have required a person to retreat from a dangerous confrontation whenever that person “knows or should know” that doing so would afford “complete safety.”“I was so appalled by the Trayvon Martin shooting,” Appleton said. “I did the bill because we have no verbiage on ‘duty to retreat’ in Washington.”last_img read more