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Gun Rights Group Defends Georgia Self Defense Law

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Amid a recent string of crimes involving students around the university, some Georgia Tech students are fighting for the right to carry a concealed handgun on campus. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a recent string of crimes involving students around the university, some Georgia Tech students are fighting for the right to carry a concealed handgun on campus. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) – A gun rights group wants to defend a federal challenge of Georgia’s controversial self-defense law.
The group GeorgiaCarry.org filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought this month by civil rights activist Markel Hutchins that challenges Georgia’s so-called stand your ground law. Hutchins
says the lawsuit was filed in response to the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old killed by a Florida man who said the shooting was in self-defense.
The gun rights group said its members rely on the law daily. It wants a ruling that finds the law constitutional. Martin’s death has ignited racial tensions and stoked debate about so-called stand your ground laws in Florida, Georgia and 19 other states. The laws give people wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight.

 

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