'Stand Your Ground' law moves through committee after change

Bill seeks to set further guidelines for controversial law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida Senate committee has approved a bill that tweaks the state's controversial stand your ground law.

The adjustments include local law enforcement setting guidelines for neighborhood watch organizations, clarifying immunity and who can use a stand your ground defense and allowing law enforcement to conduct its investigation even when stand your ground is being used.

The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, and Sen. Christopher Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale.

The bill has now been approved by two Senate committees and must go through two more before it reaches the floor. The Community Affairs committee is the next stop.

The legislation passed unanimously Monday, despite being a topic that traditionally splits down party lines. The NRA, represented by Marion Hammer, even supported the changes.

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