On Monday, Ohio GOP Gov. Mike DeWine hinted he might veto the “stand your ground” bill which the the Republican-controlled state legislature had submitted.
Speaking at a press briefing, DeWine stated, “I’ve made it very clear, I think, many times, going back months, that I felt that before the legislature took up other gun bills, that they really should focus on what we have sent them.”
Last Friday, the Ohio Senate approved Senate Bill 175 in an 18-11 vote; if DeWine signed the bill into law Ohio would become the 36th state to pass such a law or something similar to it. Florida was the first state to pass such a law in 2005.
As FindLaw explains, there are typically three kinds of self-defense laws:
Stand Your Ground: No duty to retreat from the situation before resorting to deadly force; not limited to your home, place of work, etc.
Castle Doctrine: No duty to retreat before using deadly force if you are in your home or yard (some states include a place of work and occupied vehicles).
Duty to Retreat: Duty to retreat from a threatening situation if you can do so with complete safety. Read more…