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Tucson vigil for Trayvon Martin

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The heat and the possible chance of rain couldn't stop a large group that gathered in downtown Tucson. The rally at El Presido Park was part of the National Action Network's 100 City "Justice for Trayvon" vigils taking place across the country.

The more than 50 people gathered for a peaceful and non-violent vigil in honor of Trayvon Martin. There were signs, chants and a number of community members that spoke to the crowd.

The rally in Tucson and the ones around the country are calling on the Justice Department to investigate the civil rights violations made against Trayvon Martin.

Since the Martin case ended with George Zimmerman being found not guilty of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter, in the shooting death of the Florida teen.

There's been controversy over the stand your ground laws, that some states have adopted. The law allows a person to use deadly force like a gun to stop imminent danger. Arizona adopted the stand your ground law in 2010.

The death of Martin has added to the debate about gun use and stand your ground laws around the county, including here in pima county. "I think they are very poorly conceived, I think that perhaps somebody had a reason that was good originally for wanting those laws, but they don't work," said Elwood McDowell a local pastor who spoke at the Martin vigil in Tucson.

Charles Heller is a member of the Arizona Citizens Defense League. A self defense civil rights organization in Tucson. "The problem is people don't understand the issue, people think that guns equal crime, more guns in legitimate hands makes for less crime," said Heller.

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