JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Sen. Audrey Gibson is one of several legislators making her plea known. Although the Stand Your Ground defense wasn't used in the George Zimmerman trial, Gibson argues the same kind of verbiage was read to jurors -- therefore clouding their decision-making.
"We believe, unless the bills are heard, no one is truly safe in the state of Florida and everyone in this state is in danger," she said.
Gibson and her colleagues want the language of the Stand Your Ground law changed. Specifically, it would eliminate granting immunity if the defendant could have stayed in place, instead of going toward a confrontation.
They'd also like law enforcement to issue guidelines to neighborhood watch programs -- which would prohibit participants from pursuing and confronting.
"I can start a fight with someone and I can have a gun, knowing I can start a fight, shoot him and say I was standing my ground, but I premeditated that incident. We have to fix that," Rep. Reggie Fullwood said.
Both a state task force and Gov. Rick Scott have said the law doesn't need to be changed. These lawmakers beg to differ and will continue to do so for as long as they feel necessary. Legislators say the public can help by speaking up. They encourage people to call, email and reach out to their local representatives in Tallahassee.