- The Washington Times - Monday, September 16, 2013

Citing Monday’s massacre at Washington’s Navy Yard, Sen. Richard Durbin has canceled a planned hearing on the controversial “stand your ground” laws.

A spokesman for the Illinois Democrat announced the delay late Monday afternoon, hours after a gunman opened fire and killed at least 12 people at Navy Yard.

Mr. Durbin, the assistant Senate majority leader and chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, civil rights and human rights, scheduled the hearing in light of the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, was among those scheduled to testify at the hearing, originally slated for 10 a.m. Tuesday. It has not been rescheduled.

“Stand your ground” laws allow one to use deadly force if attacked or under threat without having to first try and flee the situation.

They came to the fore following Martin’s death. George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted in July of all charges in connection with the slaying.

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• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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