As the state moves beyond the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, there's a new push to make changes to the Stand Your Ground law, as well as national scrutiny of how it’s used.
While the defense did not use the Stand Your Ground law in Zimmerman’s trial, Juror B37, the only juror to speak out, told CNN that law was considered, along with the self-defense law, when the jury made its decision.
Some Democratic lawmakers are renewing their push to repeal the Stand Your Ground law and make revisions to the self-defense law.
“Florida has to fix this problem because Florida created this problem with the kind of law that we placed on the books, so we have to change the law or we are going to see more Trayvon Martins,” said state Sen. Geraldine Thompson of Orlando.
Thompson, along with three other state representatives, stood at the Wells Built Center of African American History in Orlando Tuesday, calling for the law to be amended or repealed in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.
They also want Florida’s self-defense laws revised.
Sen. Thompson said the problem with the law is that the person who is the aggressor or provoker can claim self-defense.
Under Florida law, self-defense applies if you're the one who provoked the use of force as long as you’ve "exhausted every reasonable means to escape."
"I'd like to see the law changed, that says if you are the aggressor, and you target, follow, provoke a confrontation, you should not be able to kill someone and claim self-defense,” said Thompson.
In the last legislative session, there were 10 attempts to revise, repeal or amend “Stand Your Ground.” It failed to pass through the Republican-controlled legislature.
Republican state Sen. David Simmons co-wrote the Stand Your Ground legislation and said there needs to be a better understanding of how the law applies.
"It means that if someone uses deadly force against you, you have the right to make the decision to number one, will you flee? Or will you, in fact, stand your ground and defend yourself?" Simmons said.
Simmons said that since the Stand Your Ground law was never applied in Zimmerman's case, he doesn’t understand the national attention the law is getting.
He attributes it to a lack of understanding of the law.
Simmons said he would make some tweaks to the law, ones he recommended during the last legislative session.
He also said he is open to beginning a discussion about self-defense laws.
"I'm perfectly happy to review Florida’s self-defense laws to see if there is anything lacking in them,” said Simmons.
Sen. Simmons said he does thinks there should be a review of how the prosecution handled Zimmerman's case.
Meanwhile, Sen. Thompson is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to respond to the verdict.
We reached out to the governor's office and have not received a response at last check.