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Response to CBHagman (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 10:30 AM

12. Zimmerman having a gun on him may be irrelevent.

He was licensed to carry a concealed weapon. While the Sanford PD didn't encourage people who were in the Neighborhood Watch program to be armed, there is no law that prohibits them from doing so, as long as they were licensed to carry a gun.

As I read these threads and posts about Florida law, it appears to me that what took place before the final confrontation doesn't matter much as neither Zimmerman or Trayvon were breaking any law. What matters is what took place at the final confrontation.

If Trayvon attacked Zimmerman and knocked him to the ground, Zimmerman could respond to that with force; including deadly force. If Zimmerman attacked Trayvon and then shot him in the ensuing struggle, then he'd be guilty of murder. Zimmerman supposedly told police that when he reached into his pocket for his cell phone, Trayvon then attacked him. Trayvon could have thought Zimmerman was reaching for a weapon and punched him in self defense but that's just speculation on my part as Trayvon is dead and can't give his side of the story.

Both men can't claim self defense. One was the aggressor in the final confrontation.

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