Bill Would Gut Ohio's New "Stand Your Ground" Law
Ohio’s new “Stand Your Ground” law went into effect Tuesday, but already a bill has been introduced at the Statehouse that would gut it.
State Rep. Adam Miller (D-Columbus) says he’s hearing from ordinary Ohioans, as well as business groups, who are discouraged about the law that removes the duty to retreat before firing a gun at someone.
“Joe and Suzanne Buckeye were not pounding on the Statehouse doors, saying ‘We need more extreme firearms legislation,’” Miller said.
Miller has introduced a bill that would restore the duty to retreat when using a firearm in self-defense. Until now, someone who fired a gun at another had to prove they were acting in self-defense. The Stand Your Ground law requires the state to prove that someone wasn’t acting in self-defense.
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