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Moms Demand Action Volunteers To Attend Hearing As Ohio Lawmakers Consider Dangerous Stand Your Ground Legislation

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – 

WHAT:

Volunteers with the Ohio Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, will attend Tuesday’s hearing on SB 237, a bill that would upend traditional self-defense law in Ohio and allow a person to shoot to kill in public, even when there is a clear and safe alternative. 

A bipartisan bill to require background checks on all gun sales, SB 183, was introduced in the Ohio Senate after the Dayton shooting, as was a bipartisan red flag bill, SB 184. Neither bill has received further debate after an initial hearing. 

WHO:

  • Richele O’Conner, a volunteer with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America 
  • Tara Talgar, a volunteer with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America 
  • Lisa Voigt, a volunteer with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America 
  • Judy Petrou, a volunteer with the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

WHEN:
Tuesday, December 3, 3:15 PM 

WHERE:
South Hearing Room
Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215

***Please email [email protected] to RSVP***

Additional information about Stand Your Ground legislation:

Research has shown that Stand Your Ground laws are associated with increased firearm homicides and injuries and are not shown to deter crime. An average of 523 people in Ohio die by gun homicide every year. This number would likely increase if a Stand Your Ground law is enacted, as we saw in Florida.

Under current Ohio law, a person can use force, including deadly force, to defend himself anywhere. But when in public, a person generally cannot use force likely to kill or seriously injure someone if there is a safe way to avoid the danger. The Stand Your Ground legislation that is being considered today would upend traditional self-defense law in Ohio and allow a person to shoot to kill in public, even when there is a clear and safe alternative. Stand Your Ground laws give everyday citizens more leeway to shoot than the United States military gives soldiers in war zones.