'Stand your ground' law to be reviewed in 2014

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by Sarah Blais

azfamily.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 26 at 2:51 PM

PHOENIX -- One item that continues to be a hot talking point in the Trayvon Martin case is the "stand your ground" law, which allows reasonable force for people to defend themselves when attacked.

Arizona has such a law too, although it's stricter than Florida's. Democratic Representative Steve Gallardo, of District 29, believes there's still a lot to talk about.

"It's our responsibility to make sure Trayvon Martin's death doesn't happen here," said Gallardo.

Gov. Jan Brewer has already said that the law is fine the way it is. John McCain has also said Arizona should review the case.

"It's unfortunate that the governor would make such a statement without reviewing the law," said Gallardo. "There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered. Let's bring in our county attorneys, our sheriff's officers, and have this discussion. But to make an assumption that this law is great without reviewing, that's just irresponsible."

The Legislature plans to discuss the issue futher in 2014.

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