Change self-defense so it is no longer an affirmative defense and place the burden on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the claim of self-defense is not valid. As I understand it, Ohio is the only remaining state in the US that has not done this.
2. Propose shifting the burden in self-defense to the state, via reasonable doubt.
This one is so important. It may not raise Ohio's rank on G&A's annual "Best States for Gun Owners" but it will save good people from spending years in jail because they failed to be able to offer sufficient proof on every single element of their self defense claim. That's a standard that doesn't exist in NY, CA, MD, TX, FL or any other state and it's a tremendous burden when facing the almost unlimited resources of state prosecution.
Take for example the recent not guilty verdict for Weldon Teasley (NC). The police had been called to his home twice that night and were on their way out on a third call when he shot Judarius Quick in what he claimed was self defense. Here's an important quote from the trial:
[The prosecutor] said that doesn’t prove reasonable doubt, but it should bring up concern, and jurors should weigh the credibility and believability of Teasley’s testimony.http://www.hpe.com/news/x761897886/Teas ... 12-killing
In Ohio, whether the issue the prosecutor was referring to proves reasonable doubt is immaterial. All it needs to do is be slightly more convincing than not (preponderance of the evidence).
It took the North Carolina jurors only 1 hr & 5 mins to find Teasley not guilty. Since Ohio is the only state in the nation requiring the defendant to prove the elements of their self-defense claim, that verdict would probably have been very different for an Ohioan.