News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Greater Akron Chamber

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Gun groups say Ohio's "Stand Your Ground" law would differ from Florida's
Opponents say it loosens requirements that have served Ohio well
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
GOP Ohio Rep.Terry Johnson with supporters explains his gun bill.
Courtesy of JO INGLES
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Lawmakers are taking up a bill that would change gun laws in Ohio. Some are calling this Ohio’s stand-your-ground bill. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, backers of the legislation insist that’s not a good way to portray it.

LISTEN: When to retreat, when to fire?

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:02)


The controversial “Stand your Ground” law in Florida gives people there the right to use deadly force in their defense without being required to retreat.

The Buckeye Firearms Association’s Ken Hansen says the bill under consideration in Ohio differs from Florida’s. He says that’s because it would include a standard that the person firing the weapon in self-defense could not be the one who created the situation that put him or her at risk in the first place.

While gun groups were supporting Ohio's version of a stand-your-ground law, Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge was testifying against such laws in Congress. Here's a copy of her remarks:
http://fudge.house.gov/uploads/Stand_Your_Ground_Testimony_10.29.13.pdf 

And Hansen notes there would still be a requirement that the person legitimately feels as if his or her life or well-being is in danger.  But Hansen says a current requirement now on the books mandating the person retreat from the situation would be removed.

“It doesn’t create any new powers to use self-defense. It doesn’t create situations that don’t exist currently. All that would happen is rather than having a three-step lethal force test, it would simply be a two-step lethal force test.”

The bill would also  reduce training requirements, would require instant background checks and would increase reciprocity for gun ownership with other states.

Toby Hoover is director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. She syas there is no reason to remove the requirement that Ohioans must retreat before firing.

“It’s always I shouldn’t have to retreat when I’m being attacked. You don’t have to retreat when you are being attacked. You have to retreat before the attack. You have to prevent it.”

Hoover says this bill would allow Ohio to weaken its gun laws when other states are considering strengthening theirs.

This isn’t the first time Ohio lawmakers have considered a bill implementing changes to Ohio’s gun laws. A similar bill was introduced, but wasn’t passed, last year. Backers of this plan say the changes that have been made to it should help it get more support from lawmakers.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

The tiny town that time, and elections, forgot may go out of existance
Thank you for this story. I grew up in Limaville, my parents home is there still...unsellable due to the septic/sewer problem. Sometimes I am sorry I left...wis...

Jewish challah and Native American fry bread at an Akron cultural exchange
Each time I saw the young students relate to each other, I got goose bumps. These young students can and hopefully will teach all of us to live and respect eac...

One of the Cleveland Orchestra's most celebrated musicians bids farewell
I had the honor of studying with Franklin Cohen in the late 80s and early 90s. He is unparalleled both as a clarinetist and as a musician. His deep personal war...

Summa's dress code is not 'etched in stone'
SOME OF THESE POLICIES ARE A COMPLETE JOKE. UNLESS YOU ARE DOING THESE TYPE OF JOBS EVERY DAY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS COMFORTABLE AND REASONABLE OR NOT. UNLESS ...

In a crowded, controversial field, Kasich's low-profile may be a boon
I think it should be required that if a candidate wants to use the facilities of one of our state universities to promote him- or herself, they should be requir...

How's Kasich selling in New Hampshire, and what about Iowa?
"If he heads there, says Gomez, he’ll either have to shy away from those issues, flip flop or “stick his finger in their face and say, ‘Yeah, yeah, I expa...

Ohio School Boards Association says new law could mean state takeovers of schools virtually anywhere
It would be nice if the state were this concerned about the dozens of failing charter schools.

Republican National Convention plans outreach to African American voters in Ohio
Too late! Seriously - I think the Republicans already blew another outreach campaign to blacks when they allowed many prominent members of their party to spea...

Canton adds acoustic sensors to locate gun shots
We never had drive by shootings and all these gun slingers until about ten years ago. I have lived here in the same old German neighborhood since 1947. The ...

Sister of suicide victim claims complaints about school bullies were ignored
My name is Eliza Hogge and I am so sorry for the loss of your precious daughter. I am trying to contact Sladjana Vidovic's family about using your precious daug...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University