Stories indexed with the term ‘stand your ground’

Washtenaw Board Sued Over Stand Your Ground

Ypsilanti attorney David Raaflaub has filed a lawsuit against the Washtenaw County board of commissioners over a resolution that the board passed on Oct. 16, 2013. The resolution, which was approved on a 5-4 vote, urged state legislators to repeal Michigan’s Stand Your Ground law. [.pdf of board resolution] [.pdf of Raaflaub complaint]

The complaint, filed on Oct. 21 in the 22nd Circuit Court of Washtenaw County, asks the court to determine two issues: (1) what authority the board has that enables it to “draw conclusions of law,” and (2) what authority the board has to represent the county in seeking changes to state law.

Curtis Hedger, the county’s corporation counsel, stated in an Oct. 24 email to The … [Full Story]

Ann Arbor Council: Repeal “Stand Your Ground”

Responding to public comment following the mid-July verdict in Florida’s Trayvon Martin case, the Ann Arbor city council has called upon the Michigan state legislature to repeal Michigan’s version of a “stand your ground” law. The Ann Arbor council’s resolution also calls for the repeal of legislation that prevents local municipalities from regulating the sale, transfer, transportation, or possession of firearms and ammunition.

The state statutes that the Ann Arbor council wants repealed are the Self Defense Act 309 of 2006 and the Firearms and Ammunition Act 319 of 1990. The council’s action came at its Aug. 8, 2013 meeting.

The resolution cites an “outpouring of local voices calling for the repeal of Michigan’s Stand Your Ground Law,” that were … [Full Story]