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10-15-2013, 2:31 PM

Ohio gears up for ‘Stand Your Ground’ battle
By Melissa Quinn, October 14, 2013

At a time when most states and the federal government have begun to battle “Stand Your Ground,” the Ohio legislature is gearing up for its own crusade to enact a version of the controversial law set to go before lawmakers in November.

House Bill 203, proposed in June, would strike the boundaries surrounding an instance when a person has “no duty to retreat” before using self-defense from current law. If passed, Ohio would become the 25th state with a “Stand Your Ground” law, but Gov. John Kasich (R) and the Republican-controlled legislature have a long battle ahead as labor groups, anti-gun organizations and Ohio House Democrats have waged a war against the legislation’s passage.

According to the bill’s text, if passed, a person would legally be allowed to use force in “self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence if that person is in a place that the person lawfully has a right to be.”

Current law states a person need not retreat if they are in their home, vehicle or immediate family members’ vehicle.

Though Kasich has not outwardly voiced his support for the “Stand Your Ground” bill, Republicans in the state legislature are faced with much dissent for the legislation.

Ohio House Democrats started a petition on the site Change.org calling on their Republican counterparts and Kasich to kill the bill. The petition currently has more than 1,000 signatures.

Additionally, the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus, joined by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus, delivered a petition to Kasich with more than 10,000 signatures.

However, proponents of the law have asked the governor to make the petition available for public scrutiny. According to The Examiner, the media has yet to vet whether 10,000 people have actually signed the petition and the bill — as it includes Second Amendment rights — is actually supported by many Ohio gun owners.

Kasich’s office has decided to review the request to make the petition public, The Examiner reported.

And the bill has received opposition from labor giants, as well. The Ohio AFL-CIO drafted its own petition against the law, calling on Ohioans to encourage Kasich to keep “Stand Your Ground” out of The Buckeye State.

“We need to prevent innocent lives from being lost,” the petition states. “The tragedy of Trayvon Martin in Florida should have never happened. If we don’t speak out in Ohio, we risk allowing the same atrocities that played out in Sanford to happen in our Ohio communities.”

Ohio’s decision to introduce a “Stand Your Ground” bill is contrary to action many states have taken after Sanford, Fla., man George Zimmerman was acquitted for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Though Zimmerman’s legal team never cited “Stand Your Ground” as part of their defense, many have since blamed the law for why he was set free.

Officials in Michigan are looking to repeal the law, and a state Senate committee in Florida’s capital advanced changes to the law last week. Additionally, as Martin’s death brought “Stand Your Ground” to the national stage, the U.S. Senate decided to investigate the laws in a highly anticipated hearing.

Ohio’s bill was introduced by state Representative Terry Johnson (R-90) and has received support from more than a dozen lawmakers. In addition to expanding the “no duty to retreat” precedent, the law also eases restrictions on concealed carry. It will go before the House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee and is slated for a final vote in November.


10-15-2013, 2:37 PM
Good for them!

10-15-2013, 8:05 PM
Bravo! Good for them.

I hope the NRA is strong enough to fight off the attacks in MI and FL and to ensure that the federal study ends up in the circular file....

10-18-2013, 8:54 AM
MI's law was signed by a Democratic governor. It's not going anywhere. And even liberal states like IL and WA are effectively stand-your-ground states through other statutes and case law.

Mulay El Raisuli
10-19-2013, 5:52 AM
Good deal!

The Raisuli

10-19-2013, 5:59 AM
Trayvon Martin was not innocent and needed to be shot and killed. Hopefully people just like Tray will indeed be put down all over Ohio. Skittles anyone?