Activities in Ohio are suing in Ohio to block the coming Stand Your Ground law.
Gun control activists, gun grabbers, and Democrats are looking to stop the law which was legitimately passed by the Ohio legislature and signed into law by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
Among those who are suing are; Everytown for Gun Safety, the Ohio branch of the NAACP, a local gun control group, and two Democrat state legislators. These groups claim the the legislation was illegally passed by Republicans who snuck it into another piece of legislation.
According to Ohio law, legislation must pertain to one subject and one subject only. This would mean you can not pass a bill that covers traffic law and abortion, seems reasonable but did this amendment to SB 175 (which added stand your ground law to another piece of legislation) violate this Ohio law? According to Ohio Rep. Kyle Koehler the answer is no.
Ohio Representative Kyle Koehler said that the Stand Your Ground law amendment to SB 175 was perfectly legal because that law revolved around one subject: use of a handgun. The original bill aimed to change liability in terms of handgun use. “To amend sections 2307.601, 2901.05, 2901.09, and 2923.126 of the Revised Code to grant civil immunity to nonprofit corporations for certain injuries, deaths, or losses resulting from the carrying of handguns” is what the bill reads directly.
This all being said the bills original author, Ohio Senator Tim Schaffer, made a comment that is now being used in the lawsuit. “I want to be very clear that Senate Bill 175 does not expand concealed-carry rights or locations. This is not a ‘gun bill.’” This line, according to the gun grabbers, means that the bill has nothing to do with handguns and everything to do with liability. However, it is clear that this bill was on the subject of guns, just not concealed carry and the political context at the time proves this. When this bill first went up for debate prior to the amendment it was argued, by these very gun grabbers, that it was an expansion of carry rights and therefore dangerous.
It is unclear where this lawsuit will go or who will win, but if I were a betting man I would bank on any judge siding with 2A on this one.