Johnson, Schaffer Issue Joint Statement on Senate Bill 175
January 4, 2021
COLUMBUS—State Senators Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) issued the following statement in response to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signing Senate Bill 175 into law. Schaffer is the sponsor of Senate bill 175 and Johnson authored the self-defense portion that was amended into the legislation.
“We are proud of the Governor’s decision to sign Senate Bill 175. This legislation will advance important protections for churches, synagogues, mosques and all other charitable organizations in our state, as well as protect all Ohioans' Constitutional right to defend themselves from harm," Schaffer said. "The Constitutional protections in Senate Bill 175 affirm all law-abiding citizens’ right to self-defense only when confronted by an aggressor with deadly force—nothing more and nothing less. We thank the governor for signing the bill. It was an honor to work with colleagues on this bill, especially Senator Johnson, Representative Kyle Koehler, House Speaker Bob Cupp and most of all former Senate President Larry Obhof."
“Let us be perfectly clear—this is not a ‘stand your ground’ law. This only preserves a law-abiding individual’s right to self-defense. The United States and Ohio Constitutions are for every Ohio citizen," Johnson said. "Certainly, the U.S. Bill of Rights is colorblind. Anything that preserves or enhances our Second Amendment rights is good for all of us."
Ohio becomes the 36th state to pass this type of self-defense protection law, including all of Ohio’s neighboring states.