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Ohio House set to act on expanded 'stand-your-ground' bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Ohio House was scheduled to consider sweeping gun legislation Wednesday that would expand the state's "stand your ground" law, officials say.

The bill, approved by a House committee Tuesday, would also automatically recognize concealed-carry weapons permits issued by other states, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported.

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The proposal says a person is not required to retreat before using deadly force as long as they are in a place they are lawfully allowed to be. The current law applies only to a person's home or vehicle.

The state liaison for the National Rifle Association, John Hohenwarter, told the committee the bill was about "extending privileges, making it easier for law-abiding citizens."

The bill is opposed by Ohio prosecutors, police and police chiefs.

Mike Weinman of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio told the committee "there is nothing wrong" with the current law. He argued stand-your-ground laws escalate violence.

Weinman and others argued passage of the bill would recognize licenses from states with lesser requirements.

The proposed law would still require a person to prove he acted in self-defense, said Ken Hanson, legislative chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

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Other provisions of the bill would reduce the amount of training required to get a concealed-carry permit from 12 hours to four, set up a process to grant licenses to residents in other states and pre-authorize a person for a gun purchase through a national background check system.

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