TN Black Caucus Member Wants Review Of Stand Your Ground Law

(Memphis) Tennessee Black Caucus Chair Larry Miller said when the stand your ground law was created in Tennessee in 2007, it had bi-partisan support.

“During that debate back in 2007, I don’t think it was that controversial at the time,” said Rep. Miller.

But Miller said Saturday night’s verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, led him and other Black Caucus members to want to see if the same thing could happen in Tennessee.

“I would hope that it doesn’t become too political but I would be naive. I certainly anticipate that,” said Miller.

He also wants to look at neighborhood watches in wake of the Trayvon Martin case.

“We have no rules regulations, state regulations governing how neighborhood watch is structured or how it operates. At any given time any individual in any neighborhood can slap on a gun and call him or himself neighborhood watch person. I said maybe we need to look at that in the sense of enhancing protections for communities,” said Miller.

Right now, Representative Miller said he and lawyers are reviewing current laws, but they do not have any specifics of what in the law they want to review.

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