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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Controversial self-defense legislation, that has sparked debates on gun control across our nation, has cleared the Ohio House.

The measure makes broad changes to the state's gun laws, including the addition of a stand your ground self-defense rule.

The legislation passed 62 to 27.

The bill will now go before the state senate.

Valley Senator Joe Schiavoni says he's still uncertain how he'll vote on the measure. He says he's also concerned about its impact on conceal carry permits.

"The conceal carry portion is problematic to me just on its face. That we're going to allow anybody to carry a gun in Ohio regardless of what they did for training in their particular state. But this stand your ground portion of it is something that I think is much larger, that's going to take a lot more to really, really get some testimony on," Schiavoni said.

Anti-gun groups, black legislators and others protested the measure. In September, Youngstown City Council passed a resolution opposing the bill.

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