DeWine Wants Guns Sales Reform Passed Before "Stand Your Ground"
Lawmakers are preparing to hold more hearings on a bill that makes it easier to use lethal force as self-defense in a threatening situation. But Governor Mike DeWine is calling on the legislature to prioritize another bill before "Stand Your Ground." Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.
DeWine has said he supports "Stand Your Ground" but he wants lawmakers to turn their attention to his so-called STRONG Ohio bill that creates a private sales background check and increases the ability to institutionalize someone deemed to be a threat to themselves.
"I think we should focus on our STRONG Ohio legislation. We put a lot of work into that. The legislature has already started hearings on that."
Supporters of "Stand Your Ground" say removing the "duty to retreat" will allow people to protect themselves in dangerous situations in public. Critics fear it can increase gun deaths.
STRONG Ohio’s sponsor, Senator Matt Dolan, has said he hopes “Stand Your Ground” won’t be folded into his bill.