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Iowans sound off about stand your ground law

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Nationwide and in Iowa, the shooting of Trayvon Martin by community watch volunteer George Zimmerman has raised discussions of gun rights.

Florida is one of 21 states with a stand your ground law that allows people to use force, including deadly force, against another person they feel is threatening to kill or injure them or commit a felony.
Currently in Iowa, gun owners may only use deadly force as a last resort.

"The law requires you to flee, if at all possible. And while that may work in some situations, it may not work in all situations. So the stand your ground law says a law-abiding citizen doesn't have to flee if they come under assault," Tim Flynn, National Rifle Association certified instructor, said.

"I would hope that if a law ever got passed like that, there would be something just as harsh for somebody who abuses those privileges," Larry Jackson Jr., March Against Violence organizer, said.

Earlier this legislative session, a stand your ground bill passed through the Iowa House.

It's currently in the Senate, but it has missed key legislative deadlines and faces an unlikely future.

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