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Mayor Bloomberg calls for end to 'Stand Your Ground'
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Pushing hard to repeal what he calls "shoot first" laws across the country, Mayor Bloomberg launched his campaign on a national front.
He is drawing strong support too from civil rights leaders, like the Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network.
Currently 25 states have "Stand Your Ground Laws" in effect similar to the one in Florida which is drawing close scrutiny.
It is the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin allegedly at the hands of George Zimmerman which has spawned this highly charged debate over "Stand Your Ground" in Florida.
Earlier in the day appearing at Rev. Sharpton's National Action Network Convention, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is in the midst of investigating Martin's death.
"If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime we will take appropriate action," Holder said.
Florida Special Prosecutor Angela Corey is holding a press conference Wednesday to release new information in the case.
Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton is hoping for justice.
"I have been up and down as if I have been on a roller coaster, but I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that justice will be served," Fulton said.
Meanwhile, the mayor has strongly pushed for gun legislation on the federal level but others know it is a tough battle.
"I certainly have a sense of how strong the NRA is in Washington and that impacts both sides of the isle. Quite frankly I am not optimistic to seeing any significant changes as far as federal legislation," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
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