Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) signed a robust stand your ground bill into law today despite his disappointment that the conservative-dominated state legislature declined to implement his gun control proposals following the August 2019 Dayton mass shooting.
The stand your ground measure expands an individual’s stand your ground right from their residence or car to any place they have a legal right to be. It also doesn’t require the individual retreat before using deadly force.
Fox News reports:
“I have always believed that it is vital that law-abiding citizens have the right to legally protect themselves when confronted with a life-threatening situation. While campaigning for Governor, I expressed my support for removing the ambiguity in Ohio’s self-defense law … that is why I have signed this bill today,” he said in a statement shared Monday on Twitter.
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— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) January 4, 2021
He added: “I am very disappointed, however, that the legislature did not include in this bill the essential provisions that I proposed to make it harder for dangerous criminals to illegally possess and use guns.”
For over a year, DeWine had called for measures that would toughen background checks and boost penalties for felons committing new crimes with guns.
The governor has pushed these proposals since the Aug. 4, 2019, Dayton massacre that killed nine and wounded more than two dozen.