Clearwater Council asks Legislature to reconsider special session on stand your ground law

Published Aug. 15, 2018

CLEARWATER —The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday asking lawmakers to reconsider holding a special session to clarify the controversial stand your ground law.

A measure to hold a special session, which would have needed support of three-fifths of both the Florida House and Senate, failed Friday mostly by Republican sway by 19-15 in the Senate and 58-33 in the House.

The Clearwater Council's resolution stated the law "creates an atmosphere in which firearms may be used in an inappropriate manner and allow for disproportionate responses of self-defense, thereby creating a danger to the community as a whole."

The debate was ignited after Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton on July 19 during a dispute over a handicap-reserved parking space at a convenience store near Clearwater.

Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to arrest Drejka, citing the law. Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe charged Drejka with manslaughter on Monday after reviewing the case.