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Ohio Rally: Opponents Die-In, Proponents Come Out

End Stand Your Ground

The opening day of the Ohio Legislative Session  on Wednesday, October 2 in Columbus brought out tension from both sides of the polarized debate on HB203, the proposed amendment to Ohio’s self-defense laws – a “stand-your-ground” law – as rallies by hundreds of anti-stand-your-ground and anti-gun protesters were met by handfuls of gun-toting proponents, some carrying NRA signs. Opponents are attacking the bill before it can become law.

HB203 would change Ohio’s self-defense laws by expanding the circumstances in which a person has no duty to retreat from a threatening situation before using force in self-defense, and make it easier to get concealed-carry permits.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, one group staged a “die-in” (pretending to be dead victims by lying on the ground) as about 200 protesters against stand-your-ground from Trinity Episcopal Church law were handled roughly, with strict orders to stay off the grounds, yet the pro-gun…

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