Florida lawmakers push for gun-control bills

Democrats want changes to 'stand your ground' law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Two Miami Democratic lawmakers are turning up the heat on their colleagues to debate gun-control legislation that has stalled at the halfway point of the current legislative session.

State Sen. Dwight Bullard and Rep. Cynthia Stafford on Tuesday pushed for bills aimed at revising Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law.

Their legislation would require an aggressive act against someone who uses the "stand your ground" defense. Their bills are bottled up in committees.

Some gun bills making progress have included proposals to keep weapons away from the mentally ill.

Bullard also called for an investigation into the accessibility of military-style ammunition in Florida's crime-ridden neighborhoods. He urged Gov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and law-enforcement officials to look into what he called the easy access to armor-piercing bullets.

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