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"Stand Your Ground" Remains

Florida's Republican-controlled House is sticking with the state's contentious ``stand your ground'' law.

A House committee on Thursday night voted down a measure that would have repealed the eight-year-old law that allows the use of deadly force if someone believes his or her life is in jeopardy.

The vote followed testimony from both supporters of the law and those who called for its repeal.

Among those testifying were the parents of a Jacksonville teenager who was killed last year. An attorney representing the parents of Trayvon Martin also spoke.

The House Criminal Justice subcommittee also voted in favor of a separate measure that could allow people who fire warning shots to avoid being charged under Florida's ``10-20-Life'' sentencing law.

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