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Bloomberg, Chris Smith seek repeal of SYG-type laws

Posted Apr 11, 2012 by William March

Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 06:18 PM

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Al Sharpton and Florida state Sen. Chris Smith, who has led opposition to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, have announced a nationwide campaign to reform or repeal Florida-style “Stand Your Ground” laws, which they call “Shoot First” laws, in the 25 states that have them.

“The National Rifle Association drafted Florida’s law in 2005 and subsequently helped enact similar versions in 24 other states. These statutes have led to a sharp increase in “justifiable homicides” and are widely opposed by police and prosecutors,” said a news release announcing the effort.

Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, is incoming state Senate minority leader.

Besides him and Bloomberg, the organization includes Marc H. Morial of the National Urban League; Hilary Shelton of the NAACP; Rashad Robinson of ColorOfChange; Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network; Jon Soltz of VoteVets and Glenn Ivey, a former federal and state prosecutor.

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