Ohio House Passes HB-203: "Stand Your Ground" and More Goodness

Hey folks,

Well, the Ohio House of Representatives have passed HB-203 by an overwhelming 62-27 vote. The bill next proceeds to the Ohio Senate.

HB-203 has been previously mentioned here at lawofselfdefense.com as Ohio’s proposed “stand-your-ground” bill, and that’s certainly true.

The bill is also, however, full of all kinds of other pro-gun goodness, including improved reciprocity, and the issuance of concealed handgun licenses (CHLs) to non-residents.

The pot was sweetened by also including more comprehensive background requirements for CHLs.

The official bill analysis by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission can be seen here:

The full text of the House-passed bill can be seen here:

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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book ‚ÄúThe Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog, Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle), Barnes & Noble (paperback and Nook), and elsewhere.

In addition to the book, Andrew also conducts Law of Self Defense Seminars all around the country, with the next seminar scheduled for Epping NH (11/24, at the SigSauer Academy, where Andrew is a Guest Instructor). Click here for reviews of recently completed seminars in Ohio, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter at @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.

NEW LOSD Seminar host: Toledo, OH, Sept. 14

Hey folks,

Well for having the quirkiest self-defense laws in the US, there sure are a lot of people in OH who want to attend a Law of Self Defense Seminar. First we booked Cleveland, then CincinnatiDayton . . . and now we have a third host, in Toledo, the morning of Saturday, September 14.

Before I can commit to a third OH seminar, though, I really need a solid sense of whether we can get at least 10 attendees to come to this Toledo event (and I don’t want to cannibalize off the other two OH sites).

So, any of you folks in northern OH or southern MI (c’mon, whoever is left in Detroit, you know you need this self-defense info), use the form at the bottom of page here to let me know. ¬†If we get 10 positive responses, I’ll launch the full-bore marketing thing. ¬†We can fit up to 35 people in this spot, so it’s a good chance for folks to jump in once we formally commit.

Let me know, ASAP, dates are closing in.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


“The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” covers the current state of self-defense law in all 50 states. We’ve heard from many of you, however, that you’d like to dive even deeper into the self-defense law of your particular state–to have on hand the full-text of every self-defense statute, jury instruction, and even the full-text of the most important and controlling self-defense court decisions. Fitting 50-states worth of level of comprehensive detail would result in a book that weighs 500 lbs, which is why we didn’t take that approach in “The Law of Self Defense.” Due to the great demand for this further detail, however, we have begun rolling out a series of¬†State-Specific Supplements¬†that do provide exactly such ¬†comprehensive coverage of each particular state’s self-defense law. Right now these are available on a pre-publication basis at a 38% discount, with delivery of each to occur over the next 2-3 months–pre-publication customers will, as always, receive their books first, with shipment to the general public not beginning until all pre-publication customers have first been sent their books. ¬†To see the five states we are starting with, vote for other states to be covered, or to place your pre-publication order, click here: ¬†State-Specific Supplements.


Andrew is currently in the process of planning his Fall 2013 Seminar Tours. This time he’ll be traveling from Boston, down the East coast, and then west to East Texas., (the “Southern” Tour) as well as from Boston to Ohio. (the “Northern” Tour) ¬†We are also launching a series of webinars, essentially identical to the seminars, but accessible over the internet. Anyone interested in hosting or attending a seminar anywhere along that route, or participating in a webinar, please see¬†Law of Self Defense Seminars/Webinars¬†to get more information.

Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and author of the seminal book ‚ÄúThe Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at¬†www.lawofselfdefense.com¬†and also at¬†Amazon.com as either a hardcopy¬†or in¬†Kindle version.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter on @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, on Facebook,, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.


Law of Self Defense Seminar: West Elkton, OH, September 15, 2013

Hey folks,

I’ve locked in a solid date for a Law of Self Defense Seminar in Elkton, OH (the Dayton/Cincinnati area) this September, 15, 2013. PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT ARE REQUIRED.

For details on what’s covered in a LOSD Seminar, take a look at our¬†LOSD Seminars¬†page.

We are being graciously hosted by Mad Duck Training a firearms training facility. Mad Duck has kindly decided to NOT tack on overhead surcharge on top of my fee, keeping the cost of the seminar as low as possible.  Please show your appreciation for their efforts by patronizing their services.

Cost is $106.49 per person, which includes a complimentary copy of ‚ÄúThe Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,‚ÄĚ (a $40 value), as well as a certificate of completion of the seminar.

Registration can be made here: REGISTER for West Elkton, OH, September 15, 2013

Seats are limited to 18. We’re down to 9 seats now, only the second day of registration (Note: Half of the seats went within minutes.)

Hope to see you there.

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

P.S. If you’d like information about hosting a Law of Self Defense Seminar held at your facility or gun club, contact me directly using the form on our LOSD Seminars page.


Andrew is currently in the process of planning his Fall 2013 Seminar Tour.

This fall there are two Fall tours.  The Northern tour will run from Boston to Ohio mid-September.  The Southern tour will run for Boston to Florida, then west to Texas, late September and early October. Please see Law of Self Defense Seminars/Webinars to get more information.

Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and author of the seminal book ‚ÄúThe Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version¬†(Nook version also available).

You can follow Andrew on Twitter on @LawSelfDefense and using #LOSD2, as well as on Facebook,, and at his blog, The Law of Self Defense.