Ohio House Poised to Pass Stand Your Ground Legislation
Jim Segal of the Columbus Dispatch reports on the impending vote in the Ohio state House on a stand-your-ground law:
House Speaker Ryan Smith, R-Bidwell, said last spring, prior to the legislature’s break for the summer and the fall campaign season, that the House had a veto-proof majority to pass the bill. However, a vote was delayed until after last week’s elections, although a veto from Gov. John Kasich remains a strong possibility. Kasich has been upset that his fellow Republicans in the legislature have refused to act on his proposals intended to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” provision to allow a judge to order the removal of guns from people deemed a danger.
The Fraternal Order of Police is opposed to the legislation, and the local chapter of Moms Demand Action has been working hard against it. Still, the bill passed out of committee easily and is expected to pass.
LEAP Forward will be scoring action on this legislation and urging opposition.