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By GARY FINEOUT
Associated Press

Thousands of people across Florida and the nation are giving sharply divided opinions on the state's controversial self-defense laws.

A task force created by Gov. Rick Scott to look at the laws will hold its first public hearing Tuesday in central Florida close to where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has said he acted in self-defense. He was charged with second-degree murder after weeks of protest.

The task force has already received nearly 6,600 emails.

Some have strongly urged Scott to keep intact the "stand your ground" law that allows a person to meet force with force if they believe they are in danger.

Others have complained it has turned Florida into the wild, wild west and have vowed to vacation elsewhere.

 

 

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