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Lawmaker Looks to Amend Ohio's Self-defense Laws

A proposal could let defendants seek a pretrial in a self-defense case

Changes to Ohio's self-defense laws could be coming down the pike. A lawmaker said the changes could reduce the need for people who are asserting self-defense claims to stand a trial. House Bill 233 that would give defendants in a self-defense case a chance to have a pretrial.

State Rep. Josh Williams is a practicing criminal justice attorney who is proposing the changes.

"We are simply trying to create a uniform statute that applies to not only protecting yourself within your home and your vehicle," said Williams. "Where you have a presumption of self-defense, but also now that stand your ground is a state law here in Ohio that we create a mechanism for that presumption."

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