Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Opponents of a gun bill in Ohio that includes a "stand your ground" self-defense proposal say they're jamming the governor's phone lines in hopes that he'll take their side.
Democratic state lawmakers, including those in the black caucus, anti-gun groups, student and religious organizations decried the legislation as dangerous Wednesday ahead of its likely passage in the Ohio House.
State Rep. Alicia Reese says opponents have demonstrated, petitioned and barraged Republican Gov. John Kasich with calls. They oppose broadening circumstances where force, rather than retreat, would be lawful.
George Zimmerman's acquittal in the 2012 Florida shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin sparked national debate over such measures, which Ohio opponents say would increase the chances of violence against black teens dressing and acting as teens do.
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