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Gun Owners Surprised by Provision in Law

A screenshot of an email from Ohio Gun Owners.
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An email from Ohio Gun Owners.

A gun owners’ group is lobbying to change a self-defense law passed in the lame duck session last year – saying it could make felons out of half a million Ohioans who own certain weapons. 

The law was changed to remove a “stand your ground” provision. But Chris Dorr with Ohio Gun Owners says a section that he says will outlaw many shotguns and rifles such as the AR-15 was overlooked.

“Gov. Kasich vetoed the ultimate gun control bill that, had he known what was going on, he definitely would not have vetoed it.”

Lawmakers overrode Kasich’s veto. Republican Rep. Nino Vitale, a strong gun rights supporter, blames the rush of the lame duck process for what he calls a “drafting error” not being caught.

“It wasn’t the intent. It’s frankly embarrassing.”

Dorr wants an emergency fix before the law takes effect in late March. Vitale says he and other lawmakers are working on it, but he thinks it’s unlikely that prosecutions will happen.