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Zimmerman case puts spotlight on Ohio bill

'Stand Your Ground' laws make residents safer, advocates say

By Mary McCarty Kevin O'Donnell
Dayton Daily News

The national conversation that has accompanied the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an unarmed teen has a special urgency in Ohio, where lawmakers are considering a "stand your ground" law similar to the one in Florida.

Advocates of House Bill 203 say it will make Ohioans — including young black teens — safer because most registered gun owners are law-abiding.

"Law-abiding gun owners have the lowest incidents of crime out there," said state Rep. Michael Henne, R-Clayton, one of the bill's 15 Republican co-sponsors. "I believe that people have the right to protect themselves, rather than being forced to run."

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