Pinellas Commission Seeks Change to ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law
A resolution passed this week supports the removal of protections for those who “intentionally provoke confrontation and/or respond disproportionally with deadly force.”
PINELLAS COUNTY – In a unanimous vote, the Pinellas County Commission has passed a resolution encouraging the Legislature to clarify application of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
During the County Commission meeting Tuesday (Aug. 7) Chair Ken Welch introduced the resolution that supports a special session proposed by Democratic state Sen. Darryl Rouson of St. Petersburg to review Chapter 776 of the Florida Statutes.
“There is a real concern in this county about how this law is being interpreted,” Welch said. “I think it is important as the governing body of this county to make a statement; this happened in our community and we want the Legislature to address it.”
The Board’s resolution supports the removal of protections for those who “intentionally provoke confrontation and/or respond disproportionally with deadly force.” The resolution also calls for the Legislature to clarify law enforcement’s process of making immunity determinations under the “Stand Your Ground” law. Commission members said they believe the changes would clarify citizens rights and responsibilities concerning the use of that law.
Photo shows Pinellas County Commissioner Ken Welch.
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