Georgia's Stand Your Ground law is being challenged by the Rainbow Push Coalition on grounds it is not equally applied to those who claim it as a defense.
"Our sense of justice is being surrendered to madness such as stand your ground laws," says founder and president Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on behalf of two Georgia families who say it was applied differently to their sons.
The family of Christopher Johnson says he was shot and killed by a man while unarmed. The assailant was later acquitted after using Stand Your Ground as a defense.
The family of another man, Herman Smith, says he was sent to prison for 30 years after shooting a man in self-defense.
In Georgia, Stand Your Ground only applies to certain people at certain times and there's no way to determine who it applies to until after the act has taken place," says attorney Robert Patillo who is filing the suit.
He wants Georgia's law to be repealed, forcing lawmakers to pass more specific requirements.
"In certain circumstances, it may be determined there is no need to retreat which is in your home, in your driveway, (or) in your vehicle where retreat is impractical," he says. "But in other situations, we want to return self defense to what it has traditionally been which is the defense of last resort."
Georgia's law was passed in 2006 and states self defense can be claimed by anyone in any circumstance if there is a reasonable belief that that they or anyone else is in danger.