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Local lawmakers call for change post-Zimmerman verdict

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Updated: 7/19/2013 7:25 pm
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.
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HighLife - 7/21/2013 2:21 PM
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St.Rep.Reggie Fullwood says "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." BS! Please provide a citation to any Florida case that hold that a defendant can instigate an altercation, shoot the victim of the attack and SUCCESSFULLY claim SYG. That case doesn't exist and I object to my state representative trying to disarm me when I'm confronted by knuckleheads of any and all colors who want to hurt me. Reggie, you're dead wrong. Knock it off.

Truthbetold - 7/20/2013 9:56 AM
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More IDIOTS speak!

FloridaBoy26 - 7/20/2013 4:41 AM
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You have to be kidding me. If you don't like the laws then leave the state. Every time a white person dies they don't go and try to change the laws. This is life people come and go. Get over it!

nativejax - 7/19/2013 7:40 PM
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Nothing needs to be changed or repealed...get the h3ll out of the news and Congress, I'm sick of your feeble attempts to ARM MORE THUGS and disarm law abiding citizens.
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