Rep. Alan Williams speaks out on Zimmerman verdict, gun violence

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In the wake of the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict, a North Florida lawmaker is one of the first elected officials in the state  to speak out.

District 8 State Rep. Alan Williams made a statement today on gun violence in the state. Saturday night Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Williams, a Democrat, chairs the Florida Legislative Black Caucus and is the sponsor of a bill to repeal the Stand Your Ground self-defense law.

“The tragedy of the Trayvon Martin case reflects that here in Florida gun violence has claims too many lives,” Williams said.

“While I am disappointed with the verdict, we all must respect it and our thoughts and prayers must remain with the Martin family. This case has brought much attention to our state’s gun laws.” 

Williams’ area covers all of Gadsden County and some of Tallahassee. 

“Trayvon Benjamin Martin tragic death shows us that by remaining focused on the goal of preventing these incidents of violence, we as lawmakers must work to prevent future tragedies as this from taking place here in our state that can have devastating consequences for families, our community and the citizens of the State of Florida.”

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