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Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal State's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Monday, May 21, 2012

Michigan’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ provision was signed into law by Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2006. Since then the number of so-called “justifiable homicides” have increased. Grosse Pointe Democrat Tim Bledsoe is the primary sponsor of House Bill 5644… which aims to repeal the original law. He says the goal is not to restrict people from protecting themselves and property… but to curtail violence in public spaces.

“People have—and would continue to have—expansive powers to defend themselves and their family in their homes. The stand your ground law really applies to public places and your obligation to avoid using deadly force in a public place… if it’s possible…”

Bledsoe says he would like to avoid situations similar to the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

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