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''Stand Your Ground'' law may expand in Ohio
COLUMBUS, OH -- Currently, in Ohio, under the "Stand Your Ground" law, you are required to retreat if deadly force is being used against you unless you are in your home or car, then you are entitled to use deadly force as self defense.
"If you're in a situation where you could retreat, then deadly force is not necessary," says Gregory Gilchrist, Associate Law Professor and the University of Toledo.
House Bill 203 proposes to change that standard so that there is no more rule of retreat anywhere. As long as you have a lawful right to be in the place you are in, you don't have to retreat.
The topic was discussed at UT's law auditorium Monday afternoon. Many showed up to hear an expert panel discuss the issue.
But following the death of Trayvon Martin, in a case focused largely around the stand your ground law, the law itself has been questioned.
Gilchrist says, "I wonder if the cure might be worse than the disease here."