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Ohio Senate Moves Gun Bill Without Stand Your Ground Language
  Posted December 6th, 2018 04:09 pm


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Facing resistance within its caucus for a full stand-your-ground bill, Ohio Senate Republicans are moving forward with a stripped-down version of the controversial bill that does not eliminate the state’s current duty to retreat or significantly reduce penalties for improperly carrying a concealed handgun.

House Bill 228 was amended Thursday and now focuses on altering the burden of proof in self-defense cases. Supporters of the change say Ohio is the only state in the nation that requires a defendant to prove by a preponderance of the evidence; a lower standard than reasonable doubt; that they acted in self-defense.

"We listened to the testimony and tried to incorporate a lot of those items," said Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester, chairman of the Government Oversight Committee. Republican Gov. John Kasich also had said he would veto a stand-your-ground bill.

The bill, which will be taken up by the full Senate this afternoon, will shift that burden of proof to prosecutors to prove the shooting was not justified beyond a reasonable doubt.

The change "would ensure that those who are accused of a crime in a self-defense case receive a fair and just trial," said John Commerford, deputy managing director of the National Rifle Association.


Ohio Senate Moves Gun Bill Without Stand Your Ground Language