Zimmerman verdict sparks local concealed carry discussion

CREATED Jul 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 15, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - George Zimmerman's acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin is drawing passionate responses from both sides. It's also renewing the debate over gun laws here and across the country.

Gun rights supporters here say the case proves concealed carry works. Others say the law set a dangerous presedent.

Nik Clark isnt calling Trayvon Martin’s death a victory for gun rights, but the head of Wisconsin Carry said everyone should have a right to protect themselves.

Clark is a staunch supporter of Wisconsin’s Castle Doctrine, which allows citzens to use deadly force when someone breaks into their home. The Florida stand-your-ground law goes one step further and permits deadly force wherever the person has a legal right to be.

“It's very possible had George Zimmerman not been carrying for his own self-defense, [he] might be dead right now,” Clark says.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore supports stricter laws on gun control. She tells me she’s against laws like those in Florida. 

“It’s expanded to any situation so you can just say ‘I felt threatened’ and shoot someone and have very little accountability for that,” Moore explains.

Clark said laws like concealed carry and the Castle Doctrine prevent violence, but he calls this case tragic.

“George Zimmerman’s life is changed forever, there's no winners here.”