(Cincinnati) - Opponents of a proposed "Stand Your Ground" law to Ohio made their case Wednesday in Cincinnati. The law became the center of the George Zimmerman trial for the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida.
State Rep. Alicia Reece says Ohio doesn't need this type of law.
"The right to bear arms, we're not against that. What we are saying is that we need to leave that up to folks who are trained and we have self-defense laws that are on the books right now that allows a citizen to defend themselves if they happen to be in harm's way," she said.
Reece points out that many other states with "stand your ground" law are now trying to repeal or change them.
Ohio's "Castle Doctrine" allows a person to defend themselves and their property, but you must make an attempt to retreat or get out of the situation before using deadly force. The proposed law would remove that requirement.
"There is no need to amend the law to have 'stand your ground' in Ohio," said Janaya Trotter with the National Action Network. She believes the current laws are working.
Cincinnati City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to pass a resolution opposing House Bill 203. They join other city councils, like Toledo and Dayton, that have okayed similar resolutions.
The Ohio House could debate the bill, introduced by Clermont County Republican State Rep. John Becker, as soon as this fall when lawmakers return to Columbus.
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