Last week, the Sarasota, Florida City Commission approved the city’s Revised Final 2014 Legislative Priorities and voted to request that “the state Legislature repeal the Stand Your Ground statute and establish a more civil approach to governance than afforded under the current statute.”
This is a brave, emboldened step by Sarasota – perhaps the first city to oppose stand-your-ground laws in the first state to enact stand-your-ground.
According to reports, the National Rifle Association (NRA), which led efforts to enact stand-your-ground laws has already “sunk its teeth” into the debate, urging voters to recall the Sarasota commissioners. The NRA likely will put up a fierce fight to keep stand-your-ground, especially in their prized debut state. Yet, municipalities across the nation are lining up in opposition.
Just this week, the Youngstown, Ohio city council followed the lead of Cincinnati, Dayton, South Euclid and Toledo in voting to oppose the state’s proposed HB 203, which would expand the circumstances in which a person has no duty to retreat from a threatening situation before using force in self-defense, and ease restrictions on permits to carry concealed weapons.
In Cleveland, Ohio a group of clergy and community leaders are collecting signatures in opposition to HB203.
In Michigan, Ann Arbor and Ysilplanti have each passed resolutions asking that state to repeal stand-your-ground laws.
Every state already has some form of the Castle Doctrine but SYG is an expansion of those self-defense laws, and relieves the duty to retreat.
- Michigan Cities Call For Repeal Of Stand-Your-Ground (theobamacrat.com)
- Cincinnati Votes Against State Stand-Your-Ground Law (endstandyourground.wordpress.com)
- Petitions To Repeal Stand Your Ground Multiply (endstandyourground.wordpress.com)
- Youngstown council unanimously opposes Ohio’s proposed stand-your-ground law (vindy.com)