Statehouse Gun Rights Advocates Concerned Purpose of Senate’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill May Be to Force Compromise on ‘Gun Control’ Plan

Statehouse sources are questioning the recent introduction of a Senate version of “Stand Your Ground.” The sponsor of Senate Bill 237, newly appointed Senator Terry Johnson (R-McDermott), calls the bill the “Ohio Duty to Retreat Act.” Concerns were expressed to The Ohio Star that the legislation may be used to force a compromise between anti-gun groups and Second Amendment supporters to help the Senate move the Governor’s gun-control plan, Senate Bill 221.

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Sponsor of Ohio Stand Your Ground Bill: ‘Purpose of This Bill Now is to Combat Current Gun Control Proposals’

State Representatives Candice Keller (R-Middletown) and Ron Hood (R-Ashville) introduced “Stand Your Ground” legislation, House Bill 381 (HB 381), in the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday. Twenty-two members co-sponsored the bill. 

“The reason I went forward today and introduced HB 381 the Ohio Stand Your Ground Act,” Keller told The Ohio Star, “is to combat the current gun control/restriction proposals here in the Ohio House that will simply serve to place restrictions on law-abiding gun owners and further erode our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

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Gun Rights Bill Kasich Vetoed is Law in Every Other State

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) vetoed the Ohio General Assembly’s gun-rights legislation Wednesday, even though the bill was removed of most of its substantial provisions before passage. As The Ohio Star reported last week, House Bill 228 was stripped of its “stand your ground” measure, which would free gun owners from…

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Gov. Kasich Still Unhappy After ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill is Reduced to ‘Nothing Burger’

The Ohio General Assembly passed its controversial pro-Second Amendment legislation Thursday, but not until it was stripped of its most substantial provision. Under current Ohio law, gun owners are subjected to a “duty to retreat” standard that requires them to stand down in potentially life-threatening situations. That law would have…

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Opposition Heats Up As Ohio Senate Prepares to Pass Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

Ohio Republicans are pushing to get their controversial “Stand Your Ground” bill passed out of a Senate committee by the end of the week, but opponents of the legislation are redoubling their efforts. On Monday night, Ohio’s NAACP chapters called a press conference to voice their opposition to the bill,…

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Dem Lawmaker Refuses to Yield Floor as Ohio House Passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill

Ohio lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a “stand your ground” bill that eliminates a requirement to retreat before using deadly force in life-or-death situations. But the issue didn’t come to a vote until after one Democratic member of the House refused to yield the floor, was gaveled down by the Speaker and…

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