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McCain agrees with Obama that 'stand your ground' laws should be reviewed in wake of Zimmerman verdict

| Sunday, July 21, 2013, 7:42 p.m.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., walk to talk with reporters outside of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 11, 2013, after their meeting on immigration reform with President Barack Obama, The two senators who played a big role in an immigration overhaul in Congress say they're encouraged legislation will move forward despite resistance from the Republican-controlled House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., agreed with his former opponent, President Obama, that “stand your ground” laws need to be re-examined, nationally and in his home state.

“The ‘stand your ground' law may be something that may need to be reviewed by the Florida legislature or any other legislature that has passed such legislation,” McCain said on CNN's “State of the Union” on Sunday.

McCain praised comments made by President Obama following the George Zimmerman verdict about racial tensions that have been exposed by the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

“What I got out of the president's statement, which I thought was very impressive, is that we need to have more conversation in America,” McCain said. “I need to talk to more of my Hispanic organizations in my state. I need to talk to more African-American organizations.

“We've still got a long way to go, and I think the president very appropriately highlighted a lot of that ... as only the president of the United States can.”

McCain took the opportunity to disagree with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who believes the Obama administration's review of “stand your ground” laws is an attempt to further limit the rights of gun owners.

“Isn't it time for America to come together?” McCain said. “I'd rather have a message of coming together and discussing these issues rather than condemning.”

About 30 states have some form of the law, including Pennsylvania, whose “stand your ground” provision was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in 2011. Pennsylvania's law differs from Florida's because of a requirement that the assailant also must have a lethal weapon.

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