Proposed Legislation Sparks Debate in Albany

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM EDT

Albany, NY (WKBW)- A piece of proposed legislation is sparking a heated debate in Albany. Senator George Maziarz is the main sponsor of the S.281 Bill, also called the 'Stand Your Ground Bill'. The legislation is similar to current legislation in Florida now being used in defense of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Martin was unarmed and holding skittles when he gunned down in Florida by George Zimmerman, who claims he felt threatened by the 17-year-old. Zimmerman has not been charged for Martin's death. A letter with the signatures of close to 2 dozen senators was sent to Maziarz Monday in Albany, all urging him to withdraw the bill.

"It's basically legalizing vigilantism and I can't see any good coming out of it," said New York State Senator Liz Krueger.

"If in fact this ever goes through, the unattended consequences could be catastrophic and deadly," said New York State Senator Tim Kennedy.

Our calls to Senator Maziarz and Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, have not been returned.