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ABC 6 TOWN HALL: 'Stand Your Ground' Discussion TODAY
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Ken Hines) -- As Ohio's lawmakers consider a proposal to expand self-defense laws in the state, supporters and opponents continue to debate the merits of the so-called "stand your ground" bill.
According to OSU law professor Joshua Dressler, Ohio law states: "If there's a place a person can retreat to safely, they're expected to do that rather than kill."
But that stipulation would be a thing of the past if House Bill 203 (Ohio's proposed stand your ground law) passes, according to Ken Hanson of the Buckeye Firearms Association.
"It simply removes the duty to try and outrun the bad guy," Hanson said.
John Gilchrist of Ohio's Association of Police Chiefs has grave concerns about the proposal, saying, "This whole concept of stand your ground is immoral."
Both these men will take part in Tuesday's ABC 6 Your Voice, Your Future town hall meeting on the bill -- and so will the audience. Everyone in attendance will be able to voice their opinions via special instant polls.
Columbus Council Member Michelle Mills is creating a resolution opposing House Bill 203, and believes a public conversation about this controversial measure is vital as the bill is debated within the state legislature.
Gilchrist believes passage of the bill would lead to increased danger in the state.
"This upsets the balance," he said. "It moves it to a situation where more and more homicides will become justified."
But according to Ken Hanson, "203 doesn't give anyone a right to do anything. It simply removes the duty to physically retreat. There is no new legal right created by 203."
The ABC 6 Your Voice, Your Future Town Hall Meeting will take place at the OSU Union on September 24 at 7 p.m. Click here for information on how to be a part of the event.
Those who can not attend the event can watch online, or on TV on Time Warner Cable channel 990, Insight Cable channel 189, WOW Cable channel 141, or over the air on channel 6.2.
'Stand Your Ground' Law Proposed in Ohio
Columbus Officials Oppose Proposal
Supporter Wants Honest Debate