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FDP Statement on Stand Your Ground Law Being Used in Clearwater Case

July 23, 2018 : After it was revealed that Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri won't charge a man in the shooting of a man over a parking spot because it "falls under the Stand Your Ground law", Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released renewed calls to end Stand Your Ground: 

"By continually allowing the NRA to write Florida's gun laws, Republicans have allowed cruel acts of violence, like the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton​. The expansion of ​Stand Your Ground​ in 2017 was executed by the Republican legislature, overseen by Rick Scott, and approved by the NRA.

"The expansion shifted the burden of proof and has allowed ​even more ​r​​acial profiling and bias​. It's past time this law is overturned so justice can be carried out in the case of Markeis McGlockton, and ​we can prevent future senseless gun​ violence."

July 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Caroline Rowland

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