Ohio Democrats challenging state’s new ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

Ohio Democrats challenging state’s new ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

An Ohio state flag flies in front of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. (The Center Square) – Less than a month after the responsibility to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense was removed from Ohio law, some lawmakers want it reinstated. In early January, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s new “Stand Your Ground” legislation, despite hints he might veto it and with opposition from Ohio prosecutors. The law changes what is known as the Castle Doctrine and allows for a person to defend themselves without the duty to retreat “if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has the right to be.” Throughout the process, Democrats loudly voiced opposition, and recently two House members announced plans to introduce a bill that would repeal the new law. “The ‘Stand Your Ground law’ is actually a ‘make my day law’ and jeopardizes the life of every Ohioan,” state Rep. Adam Miller, D-Columbus, said. “Someone can now shoot – and kill – merely by professing they thought they were threatened. Fender benders and parking lot standoffs are now ripe for gun violence. More troubling, this bill threatens every person of color in our state. We can do better – and we must.” Republicans called the bill a protection of the rights and safety of law-abiding citizens. State Rep. Kyle Koeher, R-Springfield, added language into the bill that removed the duty to retreat and he said protected the Second Amendment rights of Ohioans. Democrats also called […]

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