"Basically, the 'Stand Your Ground' legislation will justify the murder of innocent people, particularly innocent black people whose suspicion is actually based on racial prejudice, racial hatred and racial perceptions, none of which have any basis in fact," the NAACP's opposition statement read.
The state NAACP and local branches urge that the proposed legislation be returned to committee for further consideration of “a comprehensive bill that would adequately address the use of guns and deadly force.”
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At least 25 states have removed a duty to retreat an attacker before using deadly force, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The bill now moves to the Senate, but Gov. John Kasich has said he would veto any such bill. However, Republicans say there is enough support to override a veto.
The bill was opposed by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio but supported by the Ohio Public Defender.
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