‘Stand Your Ground’ laws under microscope after Zimmerman trial

'Stand Your Ground' laws under microscope after Zimmerman trial (Image 1)

Friends of the NRA gathered Friday at the American Legion Hall in Nashville for a fundraiser and dinner event.

Prior to the event Nashville's News 2 spoke with members about the new found attention over the Stand Your Ground Law.

Owner of Guns for America and member of the NRA, Tom Shagena attended the fundraiser after he closed up his shop on a busy afternoon.

Shagena said he heard lawmakers' comments on the law that allows people who feel threatened to use deadly force in self-defense.

“In any way if you feel threatened, or your life in danger, that you can take whatever action is necessary to protect yourself,” said Shagena.

Tennessee has a similar version of Stand Your Ground called the Castle Doctrine.

The Castle Doctrine allows you to protect yourself with deadly force if you feel someone is threatening your life in your residence, in a dwelling, business or vehicle.

Some lawmakers say it is time to revise the law.

Senator, Dick Durbin of Illinois said he will hold a hearing on Stand Your Ground before the Senate Judiciary committee Panel on Civil Rights that he chairs.

That announcement came hours before President Obama made comments about Florida teenager Trayvon Martin whose death captivated the nation.

“I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if  they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case,” Obama said.

Many gun owners say they think the law is fine the way it is.

“This is America, and everyone needs to be able to protect themselves, their property, their homes, I think that is just common sense,” Peg Shagena with Guns for America.

Lawmakers may take up the issue this fall. Money from Friday's NRA event will benefit local safety, hunting and competitive shooting teams in Middle Tennessee.

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