Ohio House Committee Approves New Gun Legislation
The Ohio House of Representatives has approved gun legislation that would recognize concealed-carry licenses issued in other states and create a “stand your ground” law. The bill is now awaiting a vote in the state Senate.
Here are the highlights of the proposed legislation:
- Stand your ground law — The bill provides that when people are in any place they are allowed to be, they have no duty to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense or in the defense of another person. Currently, the no-duty-to-retreat standard applies only to a person’s home or vehicle. Opponents argue that there is nothing wrong with the current self-defense law. Supporters say the law is designed to protect law-abiding citizens.
- Reciprocity for concealed-carry licenses — The law would recognize concealed-carry licenses issued in other states. Opponents argue that Ohio could end up recognizing licenses from states that have no training requirements and minimal criminal background checks.
- Training requirements for concealed-carry licenses — The bill would reduce the training requirement from 12 hours to four hours.
If you have been charged with a weapons offense, contact an Ohio criminal defense attorney immediately.