Ohio House Committee Approves New Gun Legislation

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The Ohio House of Representatives has approved gun legislation that would recognize concealed-carry licenses issued in other states and create a “stand your ground” law. The bill is now awaiting a vote in the state Senate.

Here are the highlights of the proposed legislation:

  • Stand your ground law — The bill provides that when people are in any place they are allowed to be, they have no duty to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense or in the defense of another person. Currently, the no-duty-to-retreat standard applies only to a person’s home or vehicle. Opponents argue that there is nothing wrong with the current self-defense law. Supporters say the law is designed to protect law-abiding citizens.
  • Reciprocity for concealed-carry licenses — The law would recognize concealed-carry licenses issued in other states. Opponents argue that Ohio could end up recognizing licenses from states that have no training requirements and minimal criminal background checks.
  • Training requirements for concealed-carry licenses — The bill would reduce the training requirement from 12 hours to four hours.

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Published In: Criminal Law Updates