'Stand your ground' law begins Tuesday in Ohio
A new Ohio gun law will go into effect Tuesday.
Ohio's "Stand Your Ground" law changes the legal requirement to try to leave a situation before deadly force is used.
Senate Bill 175 passed with Republican support in December and was signed by Governor Mike DeWine on January 4.
Ohio already had the "Castle Doctrine" in place which says that there is no duty to retreat prior to using force if a person is in their home, car, or in a car owned by an immediate family member.
SB 175 changes the doctrine, removing the reference to vehicle and changing it to a place where the person lawfully has the right to be.
Governor DeWine released this statement after signing the bill into law in January:
"I have always believed that it is vital that law-abiding citizens have the right to legally protect themselves when confronted with a life-threatening situation. While campaigning for Governor, I expressed my support for removing the ambiguity in Ohio’s self-defense law, and Senate Bill 175 accomplishes this goal."