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Ohio House passes ‘stand your ground’ bill after emotional debate

Ohio House passes ‘stand your ground’ bill after emotional debate
It's the latest attempt by legislative Republicans to make Ohio the 36th state to no longer require a duty to retreat before using force.

com) COLUMBUS, Ohio—The Ohio House passed a controversial “stand your ground” measure on Thursday that would eliminate any “duty to retreat” before using force in self-defense.House Republicans added the “stand your ground” language via a last-minute floor amendment to SB 175, which grants civil immunity to churches and other nonprofits where shootings occur.But several Democratic House members sharply spoke against the “stand your ground” measure, saying it will result in more violence and death -- particularly against minorities -- without reducing assaults or robberies.In 2018, when the House debated a similar “stand your ground” measure, Howse vocally raised similar objections, only to be gaveled out of order by then-House Speaker Ryan Smith, a Gallia County Republican.

The Ohio House passed legislation Thursday night that would eliminate the duty of people in the state to retreat before using force in self-defense.Mike DeWine, is the latest attempt by legislative Republicans to make Ohio the 36th state to no longer require a duty to retreat before using force.

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