The original sponsor of the bill has backed away from the law, saying it shouldn't apply to George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who claims self-defense in the shooting death of unarmed Black teenager Trayvon Martin.
In 2005, Florida was the first state to expand existing self-defense laws to allow someone to "stand their ground" not just in their home but anywhere they have a right to be without a duty to retreat. About half of states now have similar laws. But because of the Trayvon Martin shooting, a number of states are re-examining them.
- Arian Campo-Flores, Miami-based reporter for the Wall Street Journal
This segment aired on April 26, 2012.