Ohio House passes controversial Stand Your Ground bill

(WBNS-10TV File)

The Ohio House has passed the controversial “Stand Your Ground” bill.

House Bill 228 passed by a vote of 64-26.

The bill allows people to use deadly force in self-defense without having to retreat.

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Supporters of the bill say it allows Ohio to shift the burden of proof in self-defense cases to the prosecution.

Opponents – like the Fraternal Order of Police – say it will give people less incentive to de-escalate a situation before resorting to lethal force.

The bill also would eliminate state requirements that K-to-12 schools, airports and other public locations post signs declaring them gun-free zones.

It also would reduce certain concealed-handgun violations to minor misdemeanors.

Twenty-five states currently have stand your ground laws.

The bill will move on to the Ohio Senate for consideration.

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