The shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Florida has North Carolina lawmakers rethinking a law that protects people's rights to shoot intruders.
Dozens of people are leaving Charlotte Thursday morning for Sanford, Fla. Rep. Rodney Moore (D-Mecklenburg) is joining the protest because the man who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has not been charged.
When Moore returns, he told Eyewitness News he wants to fight the state's new Castle Doctrine Law that took effect in December.
"I think that we should revisit this law and fix it as soon as possible -- expeditiously, before there's the same type of tragedy in North Carolina," Moore said.
The law expands the set of circumstances when a person could legally shoot and kill an intruder. It states that if you are, "In your home, car or workplace, you do not have a duty to retreat from an intruder." It also says deadly force is permissible if, "You feel it's necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm."
"It's egregious to me. I voted against it. We need to revisit it," Moore said.
Rep. Kelly Hastings (R-Cleveland County) sponsored the castle doctrine bill last year. He told Eyewitness News the law is intended to protect law-abiding citizens who are in clear and obvious danger.
"The way we looked at this Castle Doctrine, and all self-defense, is that you kind of have to use common sense," Hastings said.
Martin was walking back from a convenience store in an Orlando, Fla., suburb last month when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot and killed him.
Investigators said Zimmerman called police and then chased Martin through a neighborhood.
He claimed he acted in self-defense following a fight with Martin.
Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime.
"If [Trayvon] had been white, he wouldn't have stopped him. He wouldn't have been approached at all," said Tracey Martin, Trayvon's father.
Sanford, Fla., police said Zimmerman was never charged because he's protected by a state law even stronger than North Carolina's castle doctrine.
Hastings said North Carolina's law clearly states where and when deadly force is appropriate, while Florida's law does not.
"In North Carolina, it has to be proportional. It has to be reasonable," Hastings said. "There has to be a legitimate fear."
The legislator behind Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law said Wednesday he believes the legislation should be re-examined.