Anti Stand Your Ground Press Conference Calling To Amend Legislation

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By: Emily Johnson
April 11, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - The controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law is back in the limelight at the Capitol.

Today Florida Senator Chris Smith in partnership with the Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters and the Florida's Dream Defenders held a press conference at the 4TH floor Rotunda it the Capitol. They're lobbying for the legislature to make changes to the 'Stand Your Ground' law.

"So we're calling on the legislature and we're calling on the Governor to provide leadership. That's the only that we've been calling for since Trayvon died now Jordan Davis has died," said Rep. Alan Williams, (D) Tallahassee, FL.

Florida's session is set to end in three weeks and lawmakers said they know they're running out of time.

"We have so many individuals that are passionate about this issue. They come to the Capitol daily, they come to my office daily and we know that it is something that will really show the world how are government works," said Rep. Williams.

The ages of the Alpha Chapters and Dream Defenders ranged from 70 plus to 19. Dream Defenders Executive Director, Phillip Agnew said at the press conference that it's important to have younger generations voice in the mix.

"Younger people when they get infused in the process they bring a moral high ground and a innocents and insight into the world that can sometimes can rattle older folks," said Agnew.

Florida Senate Bill 130 will go to a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. Rep. Williams said if the bill passes the senate then he would do what he could to support the bill in the Florida House.

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