Kasich again calls on lawmakers to pass gun control measures

In a small act of protest, Ohio Gov. John Kasich didn’t sign or veto Senate Bill 81 — which waives concealed weapons licensing fees for certain veterans and active duty military members — and instead used his third option: let it become law without his signature.

It just wasn’t the gun bill he was hoping lawmakers would send to this desk this summer.

“…while this legislation has merit and the governor’s support, he believes that the next piece of gun-related legislation that he signs needs to be the package of common sense reforms that has been introduced and which will provide valuable tools to reduce gun violence,” said Kasich press secretary, Jon Keeling, in a written statement.

State Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton, is carrying legislation proposed by Kasich that they believe will curb gun violence.

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The legislation calls for half a dozen changes to Ohio law, including mechanisms to take guns away from people at risk of hurting themselves or others, keep guns away from those convicted of domestic violence or subject to protection orders, close some gaps in the background check system, strengthen the law against “straw man” gun purchases, and ban bump stocks and armor-piercing ammunition.

In February, following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Kasich changed his position on gun control and began seeking common ground for changes that both sides of the gun debate to agree on.

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Henne’s legislation received its obligatory first hearing in committee, but nothing more. It has been pending in the House State and Local Government Committee since April 10. The GOP-controlled Ohio General Assembly has little appetite for gun control measures but has passed several bills that expand gun rights.

Also on Friday, Kasich vetoed Senate Bill 221, which he said would have undermined existing mechanisms for reviewing government rules and regulations.

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