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Georgia ralliers mark anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Dozens of people marked the one-year anniversary of the Trayvon Martin shooting during a rally on the Georgia Capitol steps.

They want to put an end to gun violence and overturn policies they say could lead to more tragedies like the one that took Martin's life.

Florida's stand-your-ground law is at the center of the shooting. Georgia has a similar law and Sen. Vincent Fort wants to abolish it.

"Whether it's Florida, Georgia, New York, California or Mississippi, we need to give attention to the fight against gun violence," said Fort.

The stand-your-ground law provides immunity from prosecution if you kill someone and can prove you were defending yourself.

Fort said that leaves too much open to interpretation, and can lead to tragedy.

"Most of those victims are young people," said Fort.

Fort organized the rally at the Capitol on Tuesday. He believes the rally can make a difference in stemming the tide of gun violence.

But a Second Amendment rights supporter, also at the rally, argued that ending stand-your-ground would punish people acting in self defense.

"It's our Second Amendment right," said Luke Crawford. "All it's doing is hurting the victims." 

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