February 12, 2018-
Tomorrow, at 4:00 PM in Room 115 of the State House, the House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations has scheduled the first public hearing where they will be accepting public testimony on Substitute House Bill 228. Sub. HB 228, sponsored by state Representatives Terry Johnson (R-90) and Sarah LaTourette (R-76), would expand circumstances under which a person has no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense. Further, this bill would shift the burden of proof to the state, so that the state would have to prove, beyond reasonable doubt, that a person charged with an offense that involved the use of force against another, did not use that force in self-defense.
This legislation also makes other significant changes to Ohio law: Generally bars a rental agreement for “subsidized residential premises” from requiring a tenant to agree to a prohibition or restriction on the lawful ownership, use, or possession of a firearm, a firearm component, or ammunition within the tenant’s rental dwelling unit.