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Ohio just passed the Castle doctrine.

Submitted by cbaus on Wed, 04/16/2008 - 16:11.

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In its sixth (and final!) hearing on Ohio's Castle Doctrine legislation today, the Ohio Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice accepted yet another amended substitute HB184, passed the bill (Committee members Teresa Fedor and Shirley Smith - both Democrats - voted no, Senator Lance Mason, the third Democrat committee member, was absent).

Just a few hours later, the full Senate took up consideration of the bill. It received 31 yeas, 0 nays. There are 33 members in the Senate, but Sens. Gardner and Schuler were absent).

Following testimony by Republican Senator Steve Buehrer, the bill's primary sponsor, Democrat Sens. Ray Miller, Capri Cafaro, Tom Sawyer and Teresa Fedor rose in support of the bill. (Fedor's comments cited "long consideration" of the bill since her "nay" vote in committee just a couple of hours earlier.)

Republican Bob Spada, who noted that he has never before stood in support of a pro-self-defense bill, also expressed his support. Republican Sen. Bill Seitz rose to explain the insertion of an amendment that allows for multiple firearm specifications if a criminal kills multiple victims.

Finally, Republican Sen. Tim Grendell, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice during hearings on SB184, rose to acknowledge "Ken Hanson from Buckeye Firearms and John Murphy from the Ohio Prosecutors' Association", saying "they truly gave input, they had both patience with the process but also persistence from their own viewpoints." He then urged passage of the bill.

An archive of the floor debate can be viewed here.

Click here to download the version as passed by the Ohio Senate.

UPDATE April 21: The Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee, which has already held three hearings on SB184's companion legislation, has removed SB184 from consideration of Castle Doctrine on its originally scheduled date of April 24.

Thank you for responding to our call to use our Write to Legislators website feature to contact your legislators. Please encourage your pro-self-defense friends and family to do the same.

in a nut shell what does this mean
In a nut shell, it means
Deadly force could be used against people who unlawfully enter the homes and cars of Ohio citizens under legislation passed unanimously by the Ohio Senate Wednesday.

The so-called "Castle Doctrine" bill was one of several the Senate passed before adjourning for the week.

...Sen. Steve Buehrer, a suburban Toledo Republican, traced the origin of the Castle Doctrine back hundreds of years, calling it "common sense that has come down to us from the Middle Ages - people have a right to defend themselves in their own homes." The bill now moves to the Ohio House.

Under current Ohio law, if you shoot an intruder dead in your home, you have to prove self-defense by showing you were in imminent danger and the only way to escape harm was through force.

While Ohio case law has established that residents sometimes use deadly force without retreating, Buehrer said: "We are one anti-gun judge and one anti-gun prosecutor away from seeing those rights disappear."

The bill also bars criminals from suing in civil court for injuries suffered in the act of committing crimes.
yep! Bad Guy comes into your bedroom and you don't have to jump out the window and if you shoot him and he lives (happens pretty often) he can't turn around and sue you for his injuries...or if he does die, his family can't sue you....
my interpretation. Not a lawyer, just my impression.
Congrats Ohio. Texas passed their's a little over a year ago. More and more states are going this way.

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