State Representative Stephanie Howse (D- Cleveland) today condemned the governor’s signing of Senate Bill 175, Shoot First legislation that would permit the use of deadly force by individuals who believe their lives are endangered anywhere in the state. Democrats spoke against the extreme Shoot First bill in late December, saying it will threaten Black lives and makes Ohioans less safe.
“Governor DeWine signing this Stand Your Ground legislation displays a complete disregard for the safety of all Ohioans. This type of legislation is dangerous and leads to justified murder, and it was opposed by community members, law enforcement and prosecutors alike. The leaders of the Republican Party have shown their disregard for Ohioans and especially their disregard of Black lives. It is a sad day in Ohio, and I pray that one day my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will truly value the voices and lives of Ohioans—especially the 21 percent communities of color that live in Ohio—instead of intentionally dividing Ohioans with these unfounded fears,” said Rep. Howse.