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Ohio: Co-Sponsorship Memo Circulating for Self-Defense Legislation

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ohio: Co-Sponsorship Memo Circulating for Self-Defense Legislation

State Representatives Terry Johnson (R-90) and Sarah LaTourette (R-76) will soon be circulating a co-sponsorship memo for legislation that would modify current law to further protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners across the Buckeye State.

Please contact your state Representative and urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation!  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Representative!

Included in this legislation would be the following pro-gun reforms:

  • Elimination of Ohio’s common law “duty to retreat.”  Ohio’s common law three-point test was established in State v Melchior in 1978.  This test states that an individual in imminent danger must determine that their “only means of escape from such danger was in the use of such force.”  Removing the determination of whether or not a person can retreat with complete safety provides one less thing an individual must concern themselves with in their life-or-death, split-second decision making process.  
  • Restoring the notion of “innocent until proven guilty” when acting in self-defense while outside of your home or vehicle.  This bill would accomplish this by changing the legal burden of proof back to the prosecution providing evidence against a defendant’s claim of self-defense.  
  •  Modification of Ohio’s current Concealed Handgun Laws (CHL) regarding “hands in plain sight.”  Current law creates an impossible situation for CHL holders in most police encounters.  This bill would add language that would require a licensee to still keep their hands “in plain sight” “unless impractical” or “directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.”  Correcting this minor flaw in current statute would eliminate potential issues for licensees during routine traffic stops.

Once again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Representative and ask for them to co-sponsor this important legislation!  Stay tuned to www.nraila.org for further updates on this legislation.

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