Stand Your Ground

Ohio House Delays Vote On 'Stand Your Ground' Bill

Jun 26, 2018

The Ohio legislature's standoff over "Stand Your Ground" has been pushed back to the fall.

Ohio lawmakers are preparing for a busy week at the Statehouse as they’re set to pass several big bills before leaving for summer break. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, this week could set the tone for the lawmaking agenda for the rest of the year.

The payday lending bill is headlining the week as supporters and opponents clash over the measure. Consumer advocates are trying to fight proposed changes that they believe would gut the bill.

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Attorney Al Gerhardstein calls the lawsuit against an African-American police lieutenant by two white officers "the most outrageous lawsuit I have ever seen." Hamilton County commissioners raise the sales tax. Now a petition effort is underway to force the measure to a vote. A controversial "Stand Your Ground" bill is expected to go to a vote next week.

The so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill is likely to come to the floor of the House next week, just before lawmakers leave for an extended break. And that might not be the end of the road for that controversial measure.

One of the most controversial bills moving through the Statehouse is the so-called “Stand Your Ground” bill. Pro-gun groups are for the legislation and say it removes the requirement to try and retreat before taking lethal action. But there’s a separate battle happening within the bill.

The House and Senate are working on moving bills through their chambers through the next two weeks before going on summer break. This is a critical time for bills lawmakers want to pass, assuming that they’re next chance won’t be till after the November election. 

Current Ohio gun law says individuals may defend themselves and their property, but they must retreat if able to do so safely. Stand your ground legislation now in the Ohio house would remove that obligation to retreat.

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council is now on the record opposing a plan to bring “Stand Your Ground” legislation to Ohio.  

It became the focal point of Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident in Florida.  A jury found the neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Martin.  

Democratic State Representative Alicia Reece said during a press conference Ohio doesn’t need such a law.