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November 07, 2013

Florida lawmakers to vote on ‘stand your ground’ repeal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  Florida's Republican-controlled House is expected on Thursday to keep intact the state's contentious "stand your ground" law that has sparked protests in the wake of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The House has scheduled a vote on a Democratic-backed measure that would repeal the 8-year-old law that allows the use of deadly force if someone believes their life is in jeopardy.

The move by the House is unusual since the Legislature doesn't often spend time on legislation that has little chance of passage.

But Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford agreed to have a hearing on the self-defense law following protests that occurred this summer at the Capitol. A group of young people upset with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Martin's death spent weeks demanding that Gov. Rick Scott call a special session to repeal the law.

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