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ABC 6 TOWN HALL: "Stand Your Ground" Supporter Wants Honest Debate
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Ken Hines) -- As Ohio's lawmakers consider a proposal to expand self-defense laws in the state, residents continue to debate the merits of the so-called "stand your ground" bill.
House Bill 203 would remove a condition from Ohio's self-defense laws that requires a potential victim to retreat, if possible, before using deadly force when feeling threatened outside their home or vehicle.
Buckeye Firearms Association's Ken Hanson is among the bill's vocal supporters, claiming the proposed legislation has been misinterpreted by critics.
"Either though ignorance, or through deliberate misinformation, the way the people opposed to this law are characterizing it is completely inaccurate," Hanson said. "People have both a federal constitutional right and a state constitutional right to defend themselves."
Hanson disagrees with the criticism from many "stand your ground" opponents who fear the proposal could discourage Ohioans from walking away during altercations.
"If people are willing to objectively consider this, look at the before and after of what this law is, a lot of the current distress will go away," he said.
ABC 6 will hold a town hall meeting focusing on the proposed law at the OSU Union on September 24 at 7 p.m. Click here for information on how to be a part of the event.