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Effort underway to scrap Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws

(WEAU) - One of the biggest names in politics has the "Stand Your Ground” law in his cross-hairs, hoping to curb or eliminate it altogether.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is launching a nationwide campaign to stop it.

The District Attorney says if the legislators decide to take a step toward removing the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida, which says you can use force in a situation requiring self defense, it won't completely eliminate the right to claim self defense in court.

"They justify gun play and invite vigilante justice and retribution with disastrous result," said New York Mayor Bloomberg.

Gun use has been a touchy subject since the Trayvon Martin case.

21 states currently have the law, and Wisconsin has the conceal -carry law as well as the castle doctrine.

Yet, it doesn't seem our laws won't be going anywhere.

"This is a specific instance and if you ask me an overreaction on behalf of Mayor Bloomberg who has always been anti gun throughout his career," said Chippewa County District Attorney Steve Gibbs.

The Chippewa County District Attorney says that Mayor Bloomberg shouldn't have much power in removing “Stand Your Ground” in Florida.

"I think its going to be extremely hard in Florida to remove this law because it’s not coming from Florida, its coming from New York," said Steve.

Claiming self defense is always an option but Eau Claire Sheriff Ron Cramer says it’s difficult to prove.

"There's some of these cases, there are two people who know what happened and only one person alive at this point," said Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer.

Meanwhile the New York Mayor gives his opinion on having the option of self defense.

"These shoot first laws have nothing to do with that or with the exercise of second amendment rights," said Mayor Bloomberg.

"Once you pull the trigger in a split second decision you can't turn back the clock," said Ron.


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