Ohio House panel OK’s ‘stand your ground’ gun bill

Ohio House panel OK’s ‘stand your ground’ gun bill

The long-awaited and controversial “stand your ground” law that expands the instances in which licensed gun owners can use lethal force in self-defense won approval by an Ohio House committee Tuesday. House Bill 228 was reported to the full House by the Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee 7-3 on party lines. It is unclear when the bill could go before the currently speakerless-House for a full vote, but what is clear is Gov. John Kasich is not a fan of the proposed legislation. Kasich has said he would not sign the bill and is expected to veto it if it were to reach his desk. The long-time gun rights advocate has had an about face on firearms, calling for “common sense” gun-reform legislation following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The bill is the first pro-gun rights legislation to be heard in the Statehouse since the latest mass school shooting in Sante Fe, Texas, that killed 10 people. The heavily contested legislation was introduced more than a year ago and has had seven committee hearings. The bill would shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the defendant to the prosecutor. Several groups, including the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, oppose the proposal. “If someone is threatening your life, you have to prove that somehow you reached out in a very understanding and sensitive way and attempted to make peace,” said Rep. Ron Young, R-Leroy. “I would think that’s difficult to do when someone is holding a gun on […]

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