COLUMBUS, Ohio -- More than a dozen Ohio lawmakers have sponsored a controversial "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law in the Buckeye State.
In June, Republican Rep. Terry Johnson introduced House Bill 203. which would nearly eliminate the need to retreat when claiming self-defense. Current Ohio law â called Castle Doctrine â does not require victims to retreat from their home, vehicle or relativeâs vehicle.
The proposed legislation would be a significant expansion of places where people would not have to retreat, but people still would have to prove their aggressor had the ability, proximity and intent to kill to receive the legal protection of self-defense.
The bill has support from 15 Republican co-sponsors, Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the Buckeye Firearms Association.
However, opposition to H.B. 203 is mounting. The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus denounced the bill Friday, announcing a petition drive to draw attention to the legislation.
In addition, the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence stated that one problem with âStand Your Groundâ laws is self-defense is easy to claim when one party isnât alive to tell the other side of the story.