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Ohio governor signs expanded ‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation into law

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:50 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTAP) - Ohio’s governor Monday signed into law Senate Bill 175, saying it was what he committed to when he ran for office in 2018. But he’s disappointed the Ohio Legislature hasn’t addressed his call to make it harder for previously convicted felons to have and to use firearms.

“Making sure that when a police officer in Ohio pulls over someone on the road, “ DeWine said Tuesday, “figures out who they are, walks up to that car, they know that person has an outstanding warrant, instead of, in many cases, having no clue, whereas the person in that car knows that he is running from the law.”

DeWine has been a proponent for tighter laws for past offenders since the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio that killed nine and wounded more than two dozen.

The law DeWine signed Monday removed a requirement ‘Stand Your Ground’ rights only apply to a person in his home or vehicle.

The chief deputy of the Washington County Sheriff’s office says any such incident, like any shooting, would be investigated fully by his department.

“In the county, if there is a shooting, a ‘stand your ground’ incident, it’s going to be looked at,” says Chief Deputy Mark Warden, “there will be a scene to document, people to interview, things of that nature. I don’t percieve it would help or hinder the sheriff’s office. Each incident would be a case-by-case basis.”

Warden, while understanding it’s controversial, says he supports the expansion, saying it applies to incidents where, for instance, someone is trying to harm an individual in the presence of a child.

“You certainly don’t want to see one of these incidents take place anywhere. But, go home tonight and turn on the news, and it’s happening somewhere. All of these cases should be looked and and scruitinized.”

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