New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and African American Leaders To Announce New National Partnership To Reform Florida-style “Shoot First” Laws in States Across the Nation

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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and African American Leaders To Announce New National Partnership To Reform Florida-style "Shoot First" Laws in States Across the Nation

    PR Newswire

    NAACP, National Urban League, National Action Network, ColorOfChange, VoteVets, to Launch "Second Chance on Shoot First" Campaign

    Event to be webcast at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/secondchance

    New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and leaders of national African American organizations will announce a nationwide campaign to reform or repeal Florida-style "Shoot First" laws that have passed in states across the country. The grassroots campaign – "Second Chance on Shoot First" – will target thousands of state lawmakers who have voted for these laws.

    The National Rifle Association drafted Florida's law in 2005 and subsequently helped enact similar versions in 24 other states. These statutes have led to a sharp increase in "justifiable homicides" and are widely opposed by police and prosecutors. 

    WHAT: 

    Launch of "Second Chance on Shoot First" Campaign

    WHO: 

    Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City

    Chris Smith, Incoming Florida Senate Minority Leader

    Marc H. Morial, National Urban League

    Hilary Shelton, NAACP

    Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange

    Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network

    Jon Soltz, VoteVets

    Glenn Ivey, Former Federal and State Prosecutor

    WHEN: 

    2:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    WHERE: 

    Murrow Room
     

    The National Press Club

    529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor

    Washington, DC 20045 

    Contact:  Stu Loeser / Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958

    /PRNewswire-USNewswire — April 11, 2012/

    SOURCE The City of New York: Office of the Mayor