Michigan debating 'stand your ground' defense

Controversy comes after Trayvon Martin death

February 26: Trayvon Martin killed. George Zimmerman questioned by Sanford Police and released.

LANSING, Mich. - More than a dozen Michigan lawmakers have introduced legislation to repeal the state's 'Stand Your Ground' self-defense law, after the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The lawmakers on Thursday announced the measure to repeal 2006 laws in the Legislature and signed by then-Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Supporters say such laws protect innocent lives.

But critics think they can become a license to kill and are prone to misuse.

Michigan is among several states with laws similar to Florida's, that are being targeted by civil rights and anti-gun violence groups.

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in late February in Sanford, but wasn't arrested for weeks.

Zimmerman is using the law as his defense, which says you can use deadly force against someone if you think that person is a threat to your life.

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