Florida verdict re-opens debate over Oklahoma law

By: TIM TALLEY Associated Press
By: TIM TALLEY Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - It

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - It's been seven years since the Oklahoma Legislature passed a measure that expanded a person's right to use deadly force to defense themselves and a a state lawmaker says it's time to re-open public dialogue about the Stand Your Ground law following George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida.

Rep. Mike Shelton of Oklahoma City stops short of saying he wants to repeal the law. He says he will work with gun advocates and those who oppose the expansion of gun rights.

But a legislative supporter of Stand Your Ground, Rep. Steve Vaughn Ponca City, says Shelton may be standing alone. Vaughn says there is no legislative support for watering down self-defense rights.

More than 30 other states have laws similar to Oklahoma's.

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