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Marco Rubio affirms support for Florida’s 'Stand Your Ground' law

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Sen. Marco Rubio confirmed Thursday he still supports Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which he originally cosponsored as a state representative in 2005.

“I was in favor of it then, and I am now,” Rubio told the Washington Examiner.

The law has garnered national attention since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, although Zimmerman’s lawyers did not directly invoke the statute in court. As the name suggests, the law allows a person to “stand their ground” in cases of self-defense and fight back to perceived threats with force.

But opponents of the law, including Attorney General Eric Holder, have raised concerns that such laws go too far. Holder this week said the Florida law and others like it “senselessly expand the concept of self-defense” and even promote violence.

Rubio said he disagrees with Holder. And, when asked if he thought the law had been misapplied in any Florida cases, Rubio said he couldn’t think of any examples.

“I think people have a fundamental right to self-defense,” Rubio said. “That’s the bottom line.”

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