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Stand your Ground reexamined


Escambia County - Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law is under the microscope again.
        
The law allows someone to defend themselves with force if they feel threatened.

It's been in place since 2005.
 But, it's been under national scrutiny since 2012, when an unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member.
         
George Zimmerman claimed self defense.
And in July of 2013: Zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter.

After the Trayvon Martin shooting, many people called for Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law to be re-examined.
   
In February of 2013, Governor Rick Scott formed a citizens task force to examine the law.
The panel concluded that it's a "good law" and should not be overturned.
        
But,  now for the first time since the law passed in 2005, it is being reviewed by Florida legislators.

"There is always room for change... always room for change," said Michele Deprez.    
One amendment would stop neighborhood watch volunteers from  "confronting or attempting to apprehend a person suspected of improper or unlawful activity."
     
"Sometimes somebody gets a little you know I'm big and bad and I can handle everything and they can't and it can get them hurt and the other person hurt," said Deprez.
    
The other would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to use a training program to train neighborhood watch members.

Many topics would be addressed but law makers want one point in particular stressed.

How to handle situations without escalating a confrontation.
"It would be good for them to have training, so they could also protect themselves and know what they should be doing," said Emily Cramer.
    
But, others say the law is fine the way it is...
"I don't see why they should amend the law the way it is..is good and how are you going to call 911 in every situation that is out there? You'd have 911 on call all the time," said Paul Durant.
    
Some people we spoke with say those amendments aren't enough and think neighborhood watch members should not be allows  to carry weapons of any kind.     Even if permitted.
     
"Because they are just normal people and under scary circumstances they may react to quickly, so no weapons," said Ruth Kellenberger.
    
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7 to 2 to approve the changes.
The law has three more Senate stops before it's sent to the House for further discussion.