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Fla. Stand Your Ground Law Upheld

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's Republican-controlled House is sticking with the state's contentious "stand your ground" law.

A House committee on Thursday night voted down a measure that would have repealed the eight-year-old law that allows the use of deadly force if someone believes his or her life is in jeopardy. HB 4003 is sponsored by Rep. Alan Williams, D-Tallahassee.

The vote followed testimony from both supporters of the law and those who called for its repeal.

Among those testifying were the parents of a Jacksonville teenager who was killed last year. An attorney representing the parents of Trayvon Martin also spoke.

The House Criminal Justice subcommittee also voted in favor of a separate measure that could allow people who fire warning shots to avoid being charged under Florida's "10-20-Life" sentencing law.


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