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Ohio House Republicans pass a stand-your-ground bill
Democrats criticize it as "kill at will;" measure heads next to the Senate
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Ohio is now a vote closer to becoming the 23rd state with a version of the stand-your-ground law that police generally oppose. 

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The Ohio House of Representatives voted 62-27 yesterday to approve big changes in Ohio’s concealed weapons law. The biggest is the stand-your-ground provision.

It would eliminate a requirement now in Ohio’s law that says a person who can retreat from a public place must do so before they defend themselves with deadly force. 

 

Democrats say the bill will lead to more violence, especially against minoirites. They liken it to Florida’s law, which is the center of controversy since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the case in which he followed and shot an unarmed 17-year-old boy.

But supporters, including the bill’s sponsor Rep. Terry Johnson argue that the bill strengthens the rights of Ohioans to defend themselves.  He also says his bill has protections that are not in the Florida law.

The legislative black caucus is among those criticizing the bill, which Cincinnati Democrat Alicia Reece alls the “kill at will” bill.  The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate.

 

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