I’m sure the rules on Neighborhood Watch vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and perhaps neighborhood to neighborhood. We did NW for 20 years and never carried any kind of weapon. We were a driving NW, just driving around the ‘hood with a NW sign. We were instructed not to even get out of the car, just call the cops to report anything suspicious.
Are you aware of what had been happening in the gated apartment complex recently? They had a rash of 8-10 burglaries recently, and an armed home invasion.
You don’t give up your 2A rights to self defense on neighborhood watch. He disengaged trayvon and trayvon re-engaged him and started beating the sh1t out of him. It was a self-defense issue, not a neighborhood watch guy playing police.
I am old but I remember the mischief I did when I was fifteen in my neighborhood that would have got me shot if there had been gun carrying neighborhood watch guys around. It is not necessary for neighborhood watchmen to be armed and they are not all mature enough for that responsibility.
According to George Zimmerman's father, George was not on duty the night of the shooting. He was leaving the complex on his way to the store when he saw Martin. It doesn't matter what the Neighborhood watch rules are, he had the right to carry while on his own business. It is unfortunate that his personal business was interrupted by a neighborhood problem.
Most people don't know: it's a Federal government program.
Not all the details of that night have been released. Something new is that Zimmerman was a part of NW, but was out doing business for someone else when he spotted Martin.