COLUMBUS—State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) introduced legislation Tuesday, which seeks to clarify and strengthen state laws governing the rights of Ohioans who may be forced to use a firearm for self-defense.

Ohio is the only state that places the burden of proof on the defendant, requiring those who must use deadly force in order to protect their own lives or the lives of their loved ones, to prove their own innocence.
"The sad reality is that in cases of self-defense, law-abiding Ohioans are guilty until proven innocent," said Uecker. "Only compounding the anxieties of such a life-or-death situation is the obligation to prove your own innocence if, God-forbid, you are forced to use a firearm to defend yourself or your family."
Senator Uecker's legislation seeks to balance the scales of justice, which under current law, favors the perpetrators of violent crimes, not the victims.
The bill would also clarify the ambiguous "hands in plain sight" law. Instead, the bill would require a licensee to keep their hands “in plain sight” “unless impractical” or “directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.”
Last year, the Ohio General Assembly revised state laws governing the locations where concealed handgun license (CHL) holders are permitted to carry their firearms. An inadvertent oversight is now preventing these locations from removing the signs, despite the repeal of prohibitions. Senate Bill 180 would allow for the removal of the signs, while allowing others to remain posted at locations choosing to restrict firearms on their premises.
Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) has joined Uecker in co-sponsoring Senate Bill 180, which will soon be referred to a Senate standing committee for further consideration. 

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