UPDATE: Opponents Decry Ohio 'Stand Your Ground' Proposal

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 11/20/2013 3:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Opponents of a gun bill in Ohio that includes a "stand your ground" self-defense proposal say they're jamming the governor's phone lines in hopes that he'll take their side.

Democratic state lawmakers, including those in the black caucus, anti-gun groups, student and religious organizations decried the legislation as dangerous Wednesday ahead of its likely passage in the Ohio House.

State Rep. Alicia Reese says opponents have demonstrated, petitioned and barraged Republican Gov. John Kasich with calls. They oppose broadening circumstances where force, rather than retreat, would be lawful.

George Zimmerman's acquittal in the 2012 Florida shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin sparked national debate over such measures, which Ohio opponents say would increase the chances of violence against black teens dressing and acting as teens do.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A group of black state lawmakers is joining community and faith leaders in Ohio to deliver petitions asking Gov. John Kasich and Republican legislative leaders not to enact a stand-your-ground gun law.

The Ohio Black Legislative Caucus and its partners were delivering 10,000 signatures and eight city resolutions Wednesday.

The Ohio bill introduced in June would allow people to use force to defend themselves without having a duty to retreat first.

Debate over such measures has increased since the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Florida. At least 21 states have laws similar to the one in Florida.

More than a dozen lawmakers back the Ohio proposal, which also would ease restrictions on carrying concealed weapons.

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