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.