'Stand your ground' proposal clears Ohio House
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:32:06 GMT —
The Ohio House has approved a measure making broad changes to the state's gun laws, including the addition of a "stand your ground" self-defense rule that has sparked debates on gun control across the country.
The measure passed 62-27 Wednesday amid protests from anti-gun groups, black legislators and others.
The bill eliminates the duty to retreat in any place in which the person is lawfully allowed to be and makes concealed-carry licenses in Ohio and certain other states valid across state lines.
Republican Rep. Terry Johnson said the bill brings reasonable safety protections to Ohioans.
Democrats predicted it would foster violence. State Rep. Alicia Reece says opponents have jammed Republican Gov. John Kasich's phone lines with calls to take their side.
At least 22 states have similar self-defense laws.
By Julie Carr Smyth - AP Statehouse Correspondent