Tennessee lawmakers consider bill to expand use of deadly force

Tennessee lawmakers file bill to greatly expand use of deadly force

NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday that would greatly expand the use of deadly force throughout the state, if approved.

State representative Jay Reedy filed the bill to allow residents the ability to fatally shoot someone in order to protect their personal property, WTVF reported. Currently the use of deadly force is only allowed if someone is in fear of their life, WVLT reported.

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Reedy said citizens have a right to protect their property.

Opponents worry the loosely worded bill could lead to lawlessness.

FILE PHOTO: Tennessee lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday that would greatly expand the use of deadly force throughout the state, if approved.
FILE PHOTO: Tennessee lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday that would greatly expand the use of deadly force throughout the state, if approved. (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)