Sarasota City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo made it clear Saturday that he is not siding with those commissioners who support repealing the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ statute.
Vice Mayor Willie Shaw introduced the motion.
Mayor Shannon Snyder, a retired deputy sheriff known for his support of the Second Amendment, was the only member who voiced opposition to the decision.
The commission’s brief one paragraph goal was included under “major priorities” in a document titled Revised Final 2014 Legislative Priorities.
Just days after the commissioners announced their decision, the Sarasota Republican Party started a campaign to answer, a story which was reported by my colleague Jeremy Wallace.
In a statement sent Saturday, Commissioner Caragiulo said, “When the request to oppose ‘Stand Your Ground’ was brought up at the City Commission at the September 3rd meeting, not being familiar with any specific reasons for repeal I was not comfortable having a substantive discussion regarding it.”
“Over the next two days to gain a better understanding I spoke to the State Attorney, the Public Defender, several Law Enforcement officers, and defense attorneys,” Caragiulo said in the statement. “Subsequently, at the September 5th meeting I informed the commission that I will express to the Delegation that not all agenda items have unanimous support.”
He will present the city’s legislative priorities to the Sarasota County legislative delegation Sept. 18.
“As required by my appointment as the City liaison to the Legislative Delegation, I will present the priorities as adopted by the Commission but will also express the Mayor’s and my opinion against repeal of ‘Stand Your Ground,” Caragiulo wrote.