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"Stand Your Ground" Proposal Clears Ohio House

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Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 20, 2013 3:09 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 9:37 PM EST

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The Ohio House has approved a measure making broad changes to the state's gun laws, including the addition of a "Stand Your Ground" self-defense rule that has sparked debates on gun control across the country.

The measure passed 62-27 Wednesday amid protests from anti-gun groups, black legislators and others.

The bill eliminates the duty to retreat in any place in which the person is lawfully allowed to be and makes concealed-carry licenses in Ohio and certain other states valid across state lines.

Republican Rep. Terry Johnson said the bill brings reasonable safety protections to Ohioans.

Democrats predicted it would foster violence. State Rep. Alicia Reece said opponents have jammed Republican Gov. John Kasich's phone lines with calls to take their side.

At least 22 states have similar self-defense laws.

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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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