Mead, a former federal prosecutor who has stumped to bring gun industry to the state, stood aside on HB 168, a popular bill that widens areas where no duty to retreat exists and provides immunity from civil liability in aftermath of a reasonable use of force. While the proposal's sponsor welcomed the move, Mead said in a statement he did not feel the change was needed.
"I believe existing law adequately addresses the concerns raised in the Stand Your Ground Bill," Mead told as the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
The measure makes a number of changes to Wyoming's justifiable use of force and self-defense laws, clarifying that a person attacked in a place they have a right to be has no duty to retreat before they use defensive force. In the event that force leads to a civil lawsuit, the person sued can seek a pre-trial hearing to decide if reasonable force was used, which would result in blocking the suit.