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Review begins of Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law prompted by Trayvon Martin case

Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET

(CBS/AP) LONGWOOD, Fla. - A Florida task force held its first public meeting just miles from where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed to examine a state self-defense law being used by the man who shot him.

Gov. Rick Scott's task force on Citizen Safety and Protection held the first of several meetings on the "stand your ground" law at a church Tuesday. The review was prompted by Martin's shooting, which came after an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is in jail awaiting trial. He claims he shot the unarmed Martin in self-defense.

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Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who chairs the task force, said the meeting isn't about Martin's specific case. She also said there are no plans to meet privately with Martin's parents.

A previous task force organized by Democratic state Sen. Chris Smith also has looked at the law.

Florida isn't the only state with a "stand your ground" law, but it was the first. A study from Texas A&M University found that in Florida and 22 other states the passage of "stand your ground" laws resulted in an increase in murder and manslaughter cases, the Reuters news agency reported.

Martin's parents planned to lead a rally outside the meeting of the Citizen Safety and Protection task force. Later they will present a petition with more than 300,000 signatures asking for the reform or repeal of the law.

Carroll said Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will be able to share their views during public testimony in the afternoon.

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