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Senate debate continues over bill to make Ohio a 'stand your ground' state

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Debate was on in the Ohio Senate over Senate Bill 180, a proposal to make Ohio a "stand your ground" state.

Supporters said the bill would help Ohioans protect themselves, but the Senate Judiciary Committee had questions about that statement.

The "stand your ground" law would eliminate the duty to retreat and allow people to stand their ground, with force, during a threat said supporters.

Buckeye Firearms said the measure would give people the option to defend themselves if needed, and shift the burden on proving self defense from the defendant to the prosecutor.

"In Ohio we place the burden on the crime victim to prove they are innocent by doing that they must forfeit their fifth amendment right to tell their story and testify," said Jim Irvine of Buckeye Firearms.

Those who oppose were concerned. They argued that if the bill passes, it would be more difficult to prosecute crimes.

The debate continued.

ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this developing story.

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