Gun bill passes through State House, moves to Senate
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:58:39 GMT —
A bill that expands the "Stand Your Ground law," has been passed through the Ohio House of Representatives and heads to the State Senate.
The house bill on gun control passed with a 62 to 27 vote.
would relax some of the current laws, including the "Stand Your Ground" law, which is perhaps, under the most scrutiny.
"I think the Trayvon Martin case has a lot to do with it, which doesn't make any sense cause they didn't even use that as a defense," says Theresa Cleland, owner of Cleland's Outdoor World.
The bill would expand that law to include an individual's right to protect his or herself with force, in any place someone has a legal right to be.
But when your life is being threatened, a bill isn't going to alter your reaction.
Cleland says, "Once you're in that situation, and the adrenaline is pumping, you're not thinking about the law."
She says that if someone is threatening you, they're certainly not thinking about the law.
"Criminals are criminals. And you can pass laws 'til the cows come home," says Cleland.
Opponents say, relaxing gun laws can lead to nothing good.
"What it's doing is, it's making it easier for people to use guns," says Toby Hoover, executive director for the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
The bill still has to pass through the State Senate, which Hoover claims it could take a while longer.
She says, 'They usually take a calmer, longer look at things. So we can hope for that."
Both sides of this issue agree that there are plenty of laws currently on the books, and introducing new bill in the state capitol, is just politicians easing public's disapproval of nothing getting done.
"I think it's lip service to help satisfy the gun community," Cleland says.
Hoover says, "It[Bill 203] was written in a way that I'm still questioning it. I don't know whether they're going to use both, or they've traded one for the other."
Other changes would include a reduction in required firearm training hours from 12 hours to four hours. Also, CCW renewal requirements for military service members would loosened.
There is no word yet, when the state senate will vote on the bill.