A group of Democratic lawmakers want to repeal what they call Michigan's "Stand Your Ground" law.
"This 'Stand Your Ground' law is the only law I can think of that actually promotes violence," said Rep. Tim Bledsoe, D-Grosse Pointe.
Since 2006, people can use deadly force for self-defense as a first resort. Democratic state representatives cited the recent shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.They say it's time to re-instate the obligation to retreat first if possible, before moving to the offensive.
"Common sense says if you can get out of hurting somebody else no matter what they've done to you, then that's what you should do. Retreat, protect yourself and let law enforcement handle what law enforcement is suppose to do," said Rep. Maureen Stapleton, D-Detroit.
However, their initiative is facing tough resistance already. Former Eaton County Sheriff and now Republican Senator Rick Jones supports the status quo.
"I spent much of my time on the street dealing with vicious criminals...I myself was shot at twice. I understand what it feels like to be attacked and there's no reason to tell a victim of a criminal that they have to retreat," said Sen. Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
Major Joe Maatman from Ingham County Sheriff's office says he hasn't noticed a spike in reckless gun use in mid-Michigan since the law was signed in 2006, but advises people to always use good judgement.
"They should call 911 right away. It's always better I think to be a good witness versus somebody that's going to try take action," said Major Maatman.
Democratic lawmakers pushing to repeal the current law know they have a tough road ahead, but says they won't back down.