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Rally against 'stand your ground' to be held outside state Capitol

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From left: Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis From left: Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis
From left: George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn From left: George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Activists and community leaders are preparing to take a stand against "stand your ground."

Final preparations are underway for a rally outside the state Capitol, Monday morning. High-profile opponents of Florida's "stand your ground" law will be urging lawmakers to repeal what has become a lightning rod for controversy.

Among those expected to attend is the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has spoken passionately against the legislation. "We're going to take this fight to the next level," he said during a speech he gave in 2013.

Sharpton became involved ever since Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012. "We're going to put out a Florida initiative around 'stand your ground,'" said Sharpton.

The rally, which will take place near the Capitol steps, will be preceded by a march Monday morning to the Florida State House. Sharpton will lead the event, but he will be flanked by Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.

They will also be joined by the parents of Jordan Davis, the Jacksonville teen fatally gunned down after, authorities said, his shooter asked him to turn down the loud music in the vehicle where he was a passenger.

Neither of the victims were armed, but the men convicted for pulling the trigger, George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn, claimed they had to stand their ground.

In the Martin case, Zimmerman said the 17-year-old brutally beat him and reached for his gun. In the Davis case, Dunn testified the teen threatened him after he asked him to lower the volume.

Under the stand your ground law, if you're met with force and fear grave harm, you can respond with deadly force without trying to flee first.

Hundreds have already taken to the streets to protest the polarizing piece of legislation in hopes it will convince state lawmakers to change the law. A poll conducted in November, however, shows 60 percent of Floridians support keeping the stand your ground law. Only 34 percent of those polled oppose it.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is a firm supporter of the law. He is up for reelection in November. Scott's top Democratic opponents said they are open to changing the law but not necessarily repealing it.

Stay tuned to 7News and wsvn.com for live coverage of Monday's march and rally.

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