SENATE BILL 180 "STAND-YOUR-GROUND"
Senate Bill 180, also know as the stand-your-ground bill, is currently under consideration by the Ohio General Assembly. Currently in the state of Ohio, a person as the duty to retreat before defending themselves if they are not in their car or residence.
As currently proposed, the bill would require Ohio prosecutors to prove that the shooting was not in self-defense.
The bill was heard in committee hearings on Tuesday September 19, 2017. Current sponsors of the bill, namely Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Miami Township, say that the bill will "modernize Ohio's self-defense laws." Twenty-three states currently have laws similar to the bill.
Those who oppose the bill, including sen. Sean O'Brien, D-Bazetta, say that the bill will add "an additional burden" to prosecutors who already have to prove a person's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.