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(SANFORD, Fla.) — The task force put together to examine Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, is holding its first public hearing on Tuesday.

The task force is meeting just a few miles away from the gated community where George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, 17, on Feb. 26.  Zimmerman, 28, claims he was “standing his ground,” in self defense.

Members of the public on Tuesday will get a chance to say what they think of the measure critics call the “shoot first” law.  Martin’s parents are also expected to be in attendance.

Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll is heading up the task force.  She voted for the law in 2005, but says all views are welcome.  

Groups trying to overturn it are planning a rally outside.

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