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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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