When the Ohio state legislature convenes on Wednesday, October 2, they likely will get an earful. That’s the day opposition to stand-your–ground arrive – from Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, and all places in between.
Ohio residents have been passionate and making noise over the state’s proposed version of stand-your-ground – HB 203. The bill would change the state’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 also ease restrictions on permits to carry concealed weapons.
The Ohio Organizing Collaborative, a group of 14 civic, community, clergy, student, and union organizations, has planned a rally at the Ohio Statehouse to deliver over 10,000 signatures and attend the opening legislative session.
The group believes stand-your-ground isn’t about self-defense, but the fear of blacks, that HB203 goes far beyond Ohio’s already reasonable self-defense law, and allows for the shooting of unarmed people. They say the bill promotes violence and has no place in their state.
The rally at the Ohio Statehouse starts at 10AM, and organizers plan to provide transportation for those who need it. For more info, visit the Ohio Organizing Collaborative site.
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