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Posted: October 23, 2013 in Repeal SYGL, Stand Your Ground Issues

WASHTENAW COUNTY: Board of Commissioners sends message to Legislature on ‘stand your ground’ (WITH VIDEO)

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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By Lara Mossa
Heritage Media

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ANN ARBOR — About 100 people attended last week’s Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting, and the line for public comment stretched out into the hallway from the board room.

The vast majority were there to talk about the county’s resolution to urge the state of Michigan to repeal Public Act 309, Michigan’s version of the “Stand Your Ground” law. Toward the end of a meeting that spanned six hours, board members approved the resolution.

“I’m here tonight because I really want to impress upon you that it’s a very important piece of legislation that we should address,” said LeFiest Galimore, an Ann Arbor resident. “…I think that we need to support a repeal of P.A. 309, because it’s a dangerous piece of legislation that can do harm to innocent individuals or potentially innocent individuals.”

Galimore has organized a group of about 20 people, called United for Repeal of PA 309, who have urged several local governments to help repeal the self-defense act. The Ann Arbor City Council and the city of Ypsilanti adopted similar resolutions in August.

“I’m not against anyone owning guns. I want to make that clear,” he said. “This is not an anti-gun movement. What this is is about personal responsibility when it comes down to how you use that weapon. That’s what this is all about. I want to make that very clear to those of you who want to frame this as anti-gun thing.

“This is not an anti-gun movement. This is not an anti-gun statement. This is about protecting every citizen in our community. We have a responsibility to do that. We are a community that values human life, and we need to show that by supporting the repeal of Public Act 309.”

The Washtenaw County resolution called for “the repeal of Michigan’s Stand Your Ground law and for strengthening of firearm regulations.”

Michigan’s Self-Defense Act, signed into law in 2006, says there is no duty to retreat if a person has a legal right to be where they are. The statute applies when deadly force is believed necessary to prevent “imminent death or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another individual” and to prevent “imminent sexual assault.”