Lawmakers Polled On “Stand Your Ground” Session

By on August 7, 2018 in News Service of Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Florida lawmakers have until noon Friday to respond to a proposal by Democrats to call a special session to revisit the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law.

All 16 Senate Democrats and 23 of the 41 House Democrats signed a request by Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, that triggered the state Department of State to poll the entire Legislature on holding a special session.

Republicans, however, are expected to reject the idea of holding a session. The proposal needs three-fifths support in each of the GOP-dominated legislative chambers, which would equate to 71 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate, according to the state department.

The request to revisit the self-defense law came in response to the July 23 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton in the parking lot of a Clearwater convenience store.

No charges have been filed against the shooter, with Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri saying the gunman is protected under the long-controversial law.

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