The Zimmerman trial has brought to light Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.
Though former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman's defense never cited Stand Your Ground laws in its case, the jury was instructed to consider them during deliberations. The jury acquitted Zimmerman of all charges in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Take a look at which other states have similar laws and how the laws actually work.
Stand Your Ground laws eliminate the legal requirement that a person threatened outside of his or her own home retreat rather than use force.
First adopted in Florida in 2005, Stand Your Ground laws were drafted and promoted by the National Rifle Association and have since been enacted in some form in 22 states.
The Florida version of the law states, "A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."
In a study done last year by the Tampa Bay Times, nearly 200 Florida Stand Your Ground cases were analyzed. Among the findings was the fact that those who invoke Stand Your Ground to avoid prosecution have been extremely successful. Nearly 70 percent have gone free.
Here's a map of the U.S. highlighting the states that currently have limited and unlimited Stand Your Ground laws.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Orlando July 16, 2013. Holder told the major civil rights convention that "Stand Your Ground" laws should be reconsidered.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with protesters on the night of July 18 and defended his position to not amend his state's law.
Singer Stevie Wonder recently announced that he is boycotting the state of Florida. "I decided that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again," he told the audience while performing at a concert.
What are the changes of the law getting repealed? Not good, right now. The NRA is strong in the 22 states that have the laws, and law experts have noted that there may be some popular appeal to the notion that citizens should be able to protect themselves and not run from crime. Also, the laws are relatively new and it's unlikely the same legislators who put the laws on the books would suddenly be inclined to think they were wrong.
Click here to read more about the Zimmerman trial and the verdict.
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