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TN legislative black caucus questions 'Stand Your Ground' law

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State representative Larry Miller is the chairman of the Tennessee Legislative black caucus. State representative Larry Miller is the chairman of the Tennessee Legislative black caucus.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - The Zimmerman verdict has a lot of activists asking for a repeal of the stand your ground law. A state lawmaker from Memphis is taking a softer approach.

Almost one week after the trial, Memphians are still reeling over a not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman.

State representative Larry Miller is the chairman of the Tennessee Legislative black caucus. The Zimmerman verdict raised questions about Tennessee's stand your ground law.

"One of the jurors said that was overwhelming to her and very important to her ... Was stand your ground law," said Miller.

The state law adopted in 2007 says in certain areas citizens can use deadly force in self-defense. During next year's session, the caucus will ask lawmakers to revisit stand your ground.

"And if we need to critique or change our laws hopefully we can do that, if necessary," said Miller.

Jeanelle, 16, Fanning agrees.

"There are going to be a lot more crimes that are committed that people will get off more easily on because of the stand your ground law. So, I do think they need to take a second look at it," she said.

Miller knows any challenge to gun laws will be an uphill battle. To help make his case, he has attorneys comparing Tennessee's Law to similar laws in Florida and other states.

Tennessee's stand your ground law is similar to Florida's law.

Miller also wants the legislature to review the rules and regulations of neighborhood watch groups.

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