COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State legislators continue to debate a controversial "Stand Your Ground" provision being proposed in Ohio.
On Wednesday, Rep. Alicia Reece, head of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, appeared before a House committee to testify against the bill. Rep. Reece brought with her the signatures of thousands of Ohioans who oppose the bill. She added that cities such as Cincinnati have passed resolutions opposing the measure.
Under the Republican-sponsored bill, Ohioans would be allowed to fire a gun in self-defense without first retreating from an attacker. Earlier this year, the provision was added to a bill that would strengthen Ohio’s concealed-carry background checks.
Because Ohio law grants concealed-carry permits to some people who can’t own a firearm under federal law, some states won’t honor an Ohio concealed-carry license. The bill, which would make changes to the background checks, would solve that problem.