Tuesday will mark a major change in Ohio’s gun laws.”We were quite happy that the governor followed through on his campaign promises to enact, to remove the duty-to-retreat requirement in the self-defense law in Ohio,” said Joe Eaton with Buckeye Firearms Association.In January, Gov. Mike DeWine made Ohio the latest state in the country to embrace a law commonly called ‘Stand Your Ground.’ The law takes effect Tuesday and means a person who’s legally carrying a firearm in public will no longer have to try to retreat from a threat before pulling the trigger.”You have to realize that the removal of duty-to-retreat really changes nothing else with the self-defense laws in Ohio,” Eaton said. Eaton insists the state’s new stand your ground law does not mean someone can shoot first and ask questions later.”You have to first not have started the situation, not have escalated the situation,” he said. “And secondly, you have to be in immediate fear of death or serious bodily harm and have no other option except for deadly force to survive that situation.”That’s not the way Ethan Nichols, executive director of Ohio Students for Gun Legislation, sees the new law.”This isn’t a Second Amendment issue. I support the Second Amendment,” Nichols said. “But this has nothing to do with that. Your ability to shoot someone without just, you know – randomly shoot someone because you feel threatened, it’s ridiculous.”Nichols worries the new law will exact a heavy toll on minority communities.”It’s a racist law,” Nichols said. “I think for Ohioans that this is a, very obviously, a step in the wrong direction. This is a step backwards into another century.”While Nichols and Eaton share different perspectives with regard to Ohio’s new ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, there may be common ground when it comes to one thing gun Eaton said.”Of course, retreating, if at all possible is still the safest and best and most recommended method because if you can avoid any type of situation that could endanger yourself or someone else, that always has to be the first priority,” Eaton said.The new law basically expands Ohio’s Castle Doctrine, which lets a person defend themselves without retreating first when they’re in their own home or car. The revised version of the law, Senate Bill 175, law removes the legal reference to the word ‘vehicle’ and replaces it with language that reads: “if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has the right to be.”

Tuesday will mark a major change in Ohio’s gun laws.

“We were quite happy that the governor followed through on his campaign promises to enact, to remove the duty-to-retreat requirement in the self-defense law in Ohio,” said Joe Eaton with Buckeye Firearms Association.

In January, Gov. Mike DeWine made Ohio the latest state in the country to embrace a law commonly called ‘Stand Your Ground.’ The law takes effect Tuesday and means a person who’s legally carrying a firearm in public will no longer have to try to retreat from a threat before pulling the trigger.

“You have to realize that the removal of duty-to-retreat really changes nothing else with the self-defense laws in Ohio,” Eaton said.

Eaton insists the state’s new stand your ground law does not mean someone can shoot first and ask questions later.

“You have to first not have started the situation, not have escalated the situation,” he said. “And secondly, you have to be in immediate fear of death or serious bodily harm and have no other option except for deadly force to survive that situation.”

That’s not the way Ethan Nichols, executive director of Ohio Students for Gun Legislation, sees the new law.

“This isn’t a Second Amendment issue. I support the Second Amendment,” Nichols said. “But this has nothing to do with that. Your ability to shoot someone without just, you know – randomly shoot someone because you feel threatened, it’s ridiculous.”

Nichols worries the new law will exact a heavy toll on minority communities.

“It’s a racist law,” Nichols said. “I think for Ohioans that this is a, very obviously, a step in the wrong direction. This is a step backwards into another century.”

While Nichols and Eaton share different perspectives with regard to Ohio’s new ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, there may be common ground when it comes to one thing gun Eaton said.

“Of course, retreating, if at all possible is still the safest and best and most recommended method because if you can avoid any type of situation that could endanger yourself or someone else, that always has to be the first priority,” Eaton said.

The new law basically expands Ohio’s Castle Doctrine, which lets a person defend themselves without retreating first when they’re in their own home or car. The revised version of the law, Senate Bill 175, law removes the legal reference to the word ‘vehicle’ and replaces it with language that reads: “if that person is in a place in which the person lawfully has the right to be.”