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Nevada's 'stand your ground' law differs from Florida's

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Updated: 7/18/2013 10:46 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & -- George Zimmerman's acquittal in Florida is raising new questions here in Nevada.

News 3’s Mackenzie Warren is getting to the bottom of Nevada’s stand-your-ground law.

To put it bluntly -- the attorney i talked to says this law is not a license to kill anywhere but especially not here.

Nevada's "stand your ground" law does not go as far as Florida’s.

Regardless of the acquittal George Zimmerman is going to have to live with what happened for the rest of his life.

Nevada gun owners should know where the line is.

“You always treat a gun if it were loaded,” said Kim Smith of Guns and Ammo Garage.

At Guns and Ammo Garage, it's Smith and CJ Caracci's job to teach people how to be comfortable carrying a gun and safely shoot one.

“Something we teach our students is you never want to be in a situation where you have to draw your firearm out,” Smith said.

“It’s one of those few decisions in life you can’t change 2246 once you pull that trigger there is no going back and saying jeeze was I right?” Caracci said.

A Florida jury decided George Zimmerman was right in killing Trayvon Martin but attorney Maggie McCletchie says don't count on that same verdict in Nevada:

“It's certainly not a license to do what George Zimmerman did even in Florida because different kinds of people could get different kinds of juries,” McCletchie said.

Today Trayvon Martin's parents spoke exlusively to NBC for the first time since the verdict:

"We thought that the killer of our unarmed child was going to be convicted of the crime that he committed," said Trayvon's father Tracy Martin on the Today show.

Nevada’s "stand-your-ground" law is much different from Florida’s -- you cannot be the aggressor, like Zimmerman was.

“You could say 'maybe I’ll get away with it maybe I’ll be my neighborhood sheriff because I’m frustrated with police' but you are taking a lot of criminal liability and moral liability onto your hands,” McCletchie said.

It's a split-second decision Caracci hopes none of his students ever have to make.

“Everyone wants to dissect the law and in the end you’re not going to be sitting there with a statute book saying OK, he did this now I can do that now it’s really here. Am I truly afraid for my life and if I am –what do I do?” Caracci said.

Guns and Ammo Garage's teachers focus on how to avoid a life-or-death situation. They stress "non-lethal self-defense" and pulling the trigger should be a last-resort.

And McCletchie says, "there's a difference between 'not guilty' under a Florida state of law and morally 'not guilty.'"



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