Controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ bill passes Ohio House

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Ohio lawmakers passed a controversial Stand Your Ground bill on Wednesday in a flurry of emotion and chaos.

The bill allows people to use deadly force in self-defense without having to retreat.

The vote on the bill generated outrage among Democrats and forced the speaker of the house at one point to call one Democratic member out of order and tell her to shut off her mic and then asked for voting to proceed.

For months, Governor John Kasich has said he would veto any Stand Your Ground bill.

“I’m not going to be in favor of any Stand Your Ground bill or any extreme, you know, any of those, I don’t know what all is coming but there’s been talk about a Stand Your Ground bill. I’d veto any bill like that. I want the Red Flag Law to be passed.”

On Wednesday, state lawmakers in the House sent a message of their own.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle attempted to attach a number of amendments to the bill, including a red flag law that failed.

One Republican tried to send the bill back to committee for more work, but that failed.

Rep. Stephanie Howse became emotional while testifying and was silenced.

Democrats say the bill is dangerous.

“This bill today, House Bill 228 commonly known as Stand Your Ground, is not necessary. This is only going to escalate violence. It’s gonna make people engage in more aggression.”

The bill will soon be in the state Senate’s hands and President Larry Obhof was non-committal when asked about it.

“Whether we’ll pass it or not or whether we’ll amend it or not remains to be discussed with the caucus,” Obhof said.

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