Video: Lawmakers speak out on “Stand Your Ground”

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State Democratic lawmakers say Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law deserves a closer look and clarification in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting death. Rep. Dennis Baxley says the law was never intended to allow someone to pursue another person as Zimmerman allegedly went after Martin. Baxley calls the Martin situation a tragedy and says he hopes some clarification of the law comes out of the case.

A Miami lawmaker wore a hoodie in the Florida House Tuesday as lawmakers gathered for their special session on redistricting. Rep. Dwight Bullard said he wanted to show solidarity for Trayvon Martin and his family. Bullard said he wanted to send a message to his colleagues, especially Republicans who support the Stand Your Ground law, that the measure needs significant changes.

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