Charlie Crist says state should review gun laws

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Charlie Crist says Florida should review two controversial gun laws that he supported when he was the state’s Republican governor.

Crist said state lawmakers should reconsider the “stand your ground” law that allows someone to use deadly force if they believe their life is in jeopardy. He also said the Legislature should reconsider the “10-20-life” rule after hearing the circumstances of a case in which a man was sentenced to 80 years in prison for firing a gun into the air.

Crist spoke at the annual convention of the Florida Press Association and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors on Thursday.

The former Republican governor has been working to burnish his Democratic credentials as he faces a primary challenge from former state Sen. Nan Rich, a liberal firebrand who has struggled to raise the kind of money typically necessary to run a statewide race.

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