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Senators Approve Tweaks To “Stand Your Ground” Law

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Grace Miranda and other supporters of Trayvon Martin gather for a rally in front of Florida Senator Marco Rubio's (R-FL) office to ask him to retract his support for Florida's so called 'Stand Your Ground' gun law following the Trayvon Martin killing on April 9, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman on February 26th while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Grace Miranda and other supporters of Trayvon Martin gather for a rally in front of Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) office to ask him to retract his support for Florida’s so called ‘Stand Your Ground’ gun law following the Trayvon Martin killing on April 9, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Martin was killed by George Michael Zimmerman on February 26th while Zimmerman was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Lawmakers are considering changes to the “stand your ground” law that came under scrutiny after a neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot an unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would require the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to develop training guidelines for neighborhood watch groups.

The bill (SB 130) would also make it clear that law enforcement should fully investigate any use of force even when a self-defense claim is used.

It also clarifies that anyone who uses force against an attacker can still be responsible if they injure or kill an uninvolved bystander.

The bill was approved on a 7-2 vote. It combines legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale and Republican Sen. David Simmons of Altamonte Springs.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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