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Lawmakers debate changing Florida's Stand your Ground law

Tonight, we have team coverage of the changes lawmakers are considering making to the controversial law.

Channel Three's Mollye Barrows shows us what happened in Tallahassee..

The Original author of stand your ground made it clear:

Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs
"It is an excellent common sense law, but it's not perfect."

When neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, he was sent home under the belief that Police were powerless to investigate stand your ground claims. The compromise legislation fixes that.

Larry Ashley, Okaloosa County Sheriff, FL Sheriffs Assn.
"We have, not only the obligation but a desire to get to the bottom... We are fact finders."

The legislation also clarifies that aggressors and law breakers can't assert Stand Your Ground.

Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs
"You can't rely upon self-defense if you are the person who provokes the use of force"

The NAACP , which prefers an outright repeal told lawmakers:

Kim Keenan, NAACP Legal Counsel
"It's harder for black defendants to assert stand your ground defense if the victim is white, and easier for whites to raise if the stand your ground defense, if the victims are black."


The NRA says the legislation misses its mark.

Marion Hammer, Unified Sportsmen of FL
"Yes, we're Luke warm, we don't think it does a lot of good, but in its current state, we don't think it does a lot of harm, although there's potential."

"Still to be worked out is weather law enforcement will be required to train for just issued guidelines to neighborhood watch groups."

The legislation also limits immunity for someone using force, which signals trouble ahead for the purposed changes.