Ohio bill would allow gun owners to shoot in self-defense without retreating

COLUMBUS (WCMH\WDTN) — A proposed Ohio bill would mean a person wouldn’t have to retreat if they shot someone in self-defense.

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Legislators in the Ohio House of Representatives have put forth House Bill 228 which would remove the requirement to retreat before a person defends themselves, others, or their property as long as that defense is taken in a place they legally are allowed to be.

Currently, residents have a duty to retreat before defending themselves if they are not in their car or residence.

The change would bring the state into line with all surrounding states.

The 56-page bill is currently being reviewed by the Federalism and Interstate Relations Committee.

It has two sponsors and 35 co-sponsors, including the chairman, vice chairman, and three other members of the committee.

2 NEWS spoke with a former Kettering Police officer and the current owner of the SimTrainer Indoor Range in Moraine who says the bill is long overdue.

“The duty to retreat is vague and ambiguous. For example, I’m old. I’m not agile and I can’t run from everyone but some would argue that with my background as a police officer that I have a duty to try to retreat. Well, depending on the circumstances that might not be possible,” said Jeff Pedro, owner of SimTrainer.,

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