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Trayvon's mom to testify on stand-your-ground laws

2 years 11 months 4 weeks ago October 29, 2013 Oct 29, 2013 Tuesday, October 29 2013 October 29, 2013 7:58 AM in News

WASHINGTON - The mother of Trayvon Martin says states must clarify so-called "stand your ground" self-defense laws.

Sybrina Fulton is testifying before a Senate committee Tuesday. She has vowed to keep pressure on state legislators to repeal or overhaul those laws.

Fulton has said neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman "got away with murder" in the 2012 killing of her son, largely because of Florida's policy. Such laws in at least 22 states generally eliminate a person's duty to retreat in the face of a serious physical threat.

In July, a jury acquitted the 29-year-old Zimmerman of all charges in the February 2012 shooting death of Trayvon, who was 17 and unarmed. Gun control advocates say states should re-examine their laws, but gun rights advocates say that's a swipe at the right to self-defense.

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