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TN 'Stand Your Ground' law similar to FL law

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In the end, the George Zimmerman jury of six women believed that he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self defense.

In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon's death, Florida's Stand Your Ground law became a hot topic. The law basically says gun owners have no obligation to retreat from a conflict and can stand firm in a deadly confrontation.

The state of Tennessee has a similar law. According to the law, you can use deadly force anywhere inside or outside your home, as long as they have "reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury," which is part of the Self Defense law.

Supporters say the Stand Your Ground statute is necessary so law-abiding citizens can defend themselves when confronted by criminals.

Opponents who argue it allows people to get away with murder. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said she and other swill stand ready to enforce the laws if they are changed within the Tennessee General Assembly.

"Our duty as prosecutors is to enforce the law and interpret the law," DAG Weirich said. "If the (Tennessee) General Assembly feels in their best interest that it's something that needs to be tweaked in the area or any other, we stand ready to enforce those laws.

"Effective is a hard thing to say. Fortunately, and we all read the newspaper and watch the news, we see situations where people break into your home with no good intent - and they are not breaking in to wish you well, they are breaking in to harm you or steal from you and we've seen several cases lately with homeowners killing those offenders."

Tennessee is one of 20 states that have the Stand Your Ground law in place.


FOX13 News Good Morning Memphis anchor Trey Paul contributed to this report.

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