Legislators were urged by supporters to back a gun bill, that would recognize out-of state concealed handgun licenses, increase criminal-background checks and enact a “stand your ground” law in Ohio.

Law enforcement and prosecutors hope to keep Ohio from joining at least 22 states with similar laws, which eliminate a person’s duty to retreat in certain confrontations.

Ken Hanson of the Buckeye Firearms Association said that under the bill, the state’s lethal-force self-defense law would still say the person cannot be at fault in creating the situation. Also, there must still be reasonable grounds to think there was imminent danger of suffering physical harm or death.


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