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If a bill proposed by a southern Ohio lawmaker is passed, Ohio will join 22 other states with a “stand your ground” gun law.

House Bill 203 was proposed by Ohio Rep. Terry Johnson, R-McDermott, back in June.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, protestors gathered in Columbus yesterday to rally against the bill.

State Rep. Alicia Reece, a Cincinnati Democrat told the paper the bill threatens to turn Ohio into the “wild, wild West.”

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the proposed law includes a provision to eliminate a current law requiring a person to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense when the person with the firearm is legally where they have a right to be.

“Stand Your Ground” laws took center stage following the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The white, Florida man shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was unarmed and black.

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  • ziggy

    It all boils down to common sense. Nobody should have to run away from an aggressor or cower in a corner waiting to become a victim. But you can’t become a vigilante or an ‘enforcer’ either.

  • reg

    should anyone have to RUN AWAY from attackers? There have been many recent incidents where citizens have been viciously attacked, and I think stand your ground would allow help from community members in fighting off future conduct. I’m an ex-felon, and I KNOW that what discourages violence best is the knowledge that your force can be met by equal or greater force. easy victims are those who have no safety in their own person.

  • Bill

    “Wild wild west”… Really? Wasn’t that the fear when CCW was signed into law in Ohio? I believe the quote was “Every fender bender will be a shoot-out, like the wild wild west!” That didn’t happen! Can these Anti-Protection jerks just shut up already.

    • Jim

      Way to go Mr. Bill. I agree with you 100%.. Also would like to add, ain’t this already the “Wild Wild West? With all the shootings going on all over Ohio by law breakers, murderers, and violent offenders? Sounds and looks to me like the west is already here and very active…..

  • ZapTheSheep

    I love the fact that they continue to use the “Wild West” as a descriptor. Want to know why? I happen to be a history buff. Back in the “Wild West” when everyone was allowed to carry a sidearm, those wild towns saw fewer murders and violent deaths. The average town saw maybe three firearm deaths each year. Even Tombstone. The gunfight at the O.K. Corral was the highest death rate they saw in years. That was three deaths. Learn your facts, people.

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