George Zimmerman: His Town Outlaws Guns From Neighborhood Watches

George Zimmerman: His Town Outlaws Guns From Neighborhood Watches

George Zimmerman's Town Takes Guns Out of Neighborhood WatchesSanford, Fla., where where neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has now banned neighborhood watch volunteers from carrying firearms or pursuing those they deem suspicious. 

The city has instituted the new rules in order to prevent a similar incident from occurring. They will be released at a community meeting on Nov. 5. 

"Neighborhood watch was always intended to be a program where you observe what is going on and report it to police. In light of everything that has gone on, that's what we're really going to go back and push. That's what this program is and that's all it is," said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Sanford Police Department. 


Cordingly said that people in Sanford were "nervous to join a group that was tarnished in the media," and that one of their goals is to put that image behind them. 

While the neighborhoods in Sanford are hoping to put this quickly behind them, it seems that Zimmerman does not have the same goal. Yesterday, his estranged wife said he nailed a bullet-hole-riddled bulls-eye to her parents' house


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Jessica Huseman

Jessica wrote for Mic.com until Feb. 2014. Now she's an investigative reporter at The Teacher Project, writing articles on K12 education for Slate.com. Her work has appeared in ProPublica, The Atlantic, Slate, The Dallas Morning News and Chalkbeat and more. Find her contact info and her recent work at www.jessicalhuseman.com.

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