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Sen. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) gives testimony for his bill, SB237, which removes the "duty to retreat" before using lethal force in self-defense.

“Stand Your Ground” Bill Gets First Hearing in Ohio Senate

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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would remove what’s known as the “duty to retreat” in public before shooting someone in self-defense, a law commonly referred to as the “Stand Your Ground” bill. At the heart of the debate is whether the law would increase or decrease safety. Sen. Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) told the Senate Government Oversight and Reform… Read More

Ohio Legislature Override Kasich Veto On Self-Defense Gun Bill

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The Ohio House and Senate have voted to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto on, HB228, a bill that would revamp the way the state handles self-defense cases in court. The bill shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the defense to the prosecution. The legislation had strong support from pro-gun groups who said this… Read More

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Self-Defense Gun Bill Contingent On Possible Veto Override

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The stage is set for one last battle between lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich after he vetoed three bills in the past month. The House says it plans to take at least one veto override vote, which could include the self-defense gun bill. That bill, HB228, would shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the… Read More

Lawmaker Wants Clarity In Stand Your Ground Bill

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Republican senators are planning to discuss the possible changes they would like to make to HB228, the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill which might include more specific language on when to use lethal force in self-defense situations. Sen. Bill Coley (R-West Chester) he wants the bill to clearly state three pillars; an attacker clearly shows an… Read More

Sides Clash Over Revamping Self Defense Within ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

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One of the most controversial bills moving through the Statehouse is the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill. Pro-gun groups are for the legislation and say it removes the requirement to try and retreat before taking lethal action. But there’s a separate battle happening within the bill. For most crimes committed in Ohio the court system is set… Read More