Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown) said her bill would allow a person to use deadly force without retreating if they’re protecting themselves or others against real or perceived threats, even in public, and would protect them from having to defend themselves in court. Keller says 36 states have some form of a “stand your ground” law.
She proposed a similar bill last year, after Kasich said he would veto the “Stand Your Ground” bill that lawmakers were considering. The bill was dramatically changed, but Kasich still vetoed it, and lawmakers overrode him.
Sen Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) – who’s sponsoring DeWine’s “STRONG Ohio” gun violence package, has said a reintroduced “Stand Your Ground bill” would be “tone deaf to the feelings that are out there”. But Keller said with Gov. Mike DeWine proposing legislation to curb gun violence, including a version of a red flag gun seizure law, now is the time for this bill.
“Every single gun bill that we have needs to be looked at carefully and closely. My bill, ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill doesn’t focus on criminals. It focuses on law-abiding citizens. The ‘red flag’ bill is, of course, a whole other basket of eggs,” Keller said.
The “STRONG Ohio” proposal includes what Dolan and DeWine describe as a version of a “red flag” law, saying they want to focus on people who are dangerous and not their weapons. But lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have serious concerns about it.
Critics say stand your ground laws in some states has resulted in increased gun deaths, especially involving African Americans, and that there’s no evidence that these laws deter crime.