State awaits DeWine’s decision on “stand your ground”

Following the passing of the “stand your ground” bill, state lawmakers await for Governor DeWine to either sign or veto the bill.

The bill would extend the current “stand your ground” law which allows a person to use deadly force in self-defense so long as they aren’t the aggressor, believe they are in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm, and are in their home or vehicle. If passed the law would drop the home and vehicle parameters, letting a person potentially use deadly force in public areas if they felt they were in danger.

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The bill was passed by state lawmakers, with the support from the National Rifle Association.

Senator Peggy Lehner, of Kettering, became one of the bill’s biggest critics. She pointed back to the aftermath of Oregon District shooting last August.

“Following the Oregon District shooting, the people in Dayton pleaded with the Governor to pass common sense gun laws,” Lehner said.

The bill now sits on Gov. DeWine’s desk. He has 10 days to sign or veto it.