Elected officials across the country are speaking out against Florida-style "Shoot First" laws, and many original supporters of the legislation have already made it clear that given a second chance, they would vote differently.
The law was passed for the National Rifle Association. I voted for the bill. It was a mistake.
Former State Senator Al Lawson, Florida
"[When I voted for the 2005 bill,] I was convinced that it had nothing to do with innocent people just walking around the neighborhood."
State Senator Gwen Margolis, Florida
"Trayvon Martin could have very easily been Bakari Sellers, so for me it gets personal and emotional…. I feel bad that it took the death of a kid I don't know and two states away for us to at least review the law."
State Rep. Bakari T. Sellers, South Carolina
"This shoot-first-ask-later mentality does not make our neighborhoods safer. It turns harmless situations into ones where both the shooter and the person shot at are victims."
State Rep. Tamara Grigsby, Wisconsin
"What was passed in 2007 was unnecessary, and I voted against it... I will file legislation that returns Texas law to a balance that values human life, avoids violence when possible, and preserves the right to self-defense in clear situations of immediate life-threatening danger."