Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill approved by Ohio House

Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill approved by Ohio House
Source: Raycom Media

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio House of Representatives voted favorably to advance House Bill 228, also known as the “Stand Your Ground” law, to the state Senate.

Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill approved by Ohio House

The proposal, which was approved with a 64-26 vote on Wednesday, would relax restrictions against licensed gun owners who used lethal force in self-defense situations.

The bill also introduces several gun control provisions and would no longer require public spaces to post signs indicating “gun free zones.”

House Bill 228 was introduced in May 2017 by Republican Rep. Terry Johnson and Republican Rep. Sarah Latourette.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich previously said he would not sign the “Stand Your Ground” proposal following the mass high school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The bill is also opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association.

Florida passed a similar law in 2005 allowing people to meet force with force.

It is unclear when the bill will be up for vote in the Ohio Senate.

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