COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio's gun laws would see some significant changes under a proposal from State Rep. Terry Johnson, a Republican from Portsmouth.
House Bill 203 would remove a provision from current law that mandates you attempt to retreat before using deadly force in self defense. Many call that provision "Stand Your Ground."
"We're using a Medieval concept for modern self-defense and no one believes you can outrun a gun," said Ken Hanson with the Buckeye Firearms Association.
Hanson dismisses the term "Stand Your Ground" as something created by the media.
Johnson believes no one should have to run before being able to defend themselves.
"For me that's putting us closer to the intent of the 2nd Amendment, a constitutional right that we all have as Americans to defend ourselves. The right to bear arms," he said.
The bill would also make changes to eligibility to purchase a gun in Ohio to more closely align it with federal standards by adding the number of criminal offenses that would keep someone from being a gun-owner.
Another big change is eliminating the minimum hours requirements for a firearms competency certification course.
"What's important for them is that they have the gun available to them not all this tactical stuff. That's nice to have, but the must-have is that I must be able to have the gun with me," said Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim Irvine.
Criminal background checks before gun purchases would also be required to include a search of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Supporters say the changes will help Ohio get more reciprocity agreements with other states.
Opponents of the legislation call it "dangerous and polarizing."
"The fact that this bill continues to move forward in the legislative process is alarming, especially when taking into account its widespread opposition," said State Rep. Alicia Reece, a Cincinnati Democrat and president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.
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