Black Ohio Lawmakers Oppose Stand-Your-Ground Bill

A group of black lawmakers in Ohio is circulating petitions to help keep a stand-your-ground proposal from being passed in the state.

The bill would allow people to use force to defend themselves without having a duty to first retreat.

Debate over such measures has increased following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the 2012 Florida shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman identifies as Hispanic; Martin was black.

The president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus says the state’s current self-defense laws are sufficient and shouldn’t be expanded.

Cincinnati Rep. Alicia Reece says the group is gathering signatures to show the governor and legislative leaders that the measure isn’t wanted.

The bill also eases rules on concealed weapons.