Husted for Governor endorsed by gun-rights group

Lebanon Councilwoman Wendy Monroe and, at center, Kim Campbell of Ohioans for Concealed Carry announced the group’s endorsement of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for Ohio governor.

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Lebanon Councilwoman Wendy Monroe and, at center, Kim Campbell of Ohioans for Concealed Carry announced the group’s endorsement of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted for Ohio governor.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s gubernatorial campaign was endorsed today by Ohioans for Concealed Carry.

The endorsement was announced at 22three Outfitters, a gun range and store outside Lebanon.

“If you care about your Second Amendment rights, Jon Husted is your man,”said Kim Campbell, a board member with the gun-rights group.

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Husted said he led a gubernatorial override of Ohio’s Concealed Carry law for the first time since the 1950s.

“Law-abiding citizens have the right to protect themselves, their family and their property,” Husted said.

Joining Husted and Campbell in the announcement was Lebanon Councilman Wendy Monroe.

22three Outfitters is a gun store and training facility outside Lebanon owned by Monroe and her husband, Warren County GOP Chairman Jeff Monroe.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley responded to the endorsement.

DeWine emphasized his support for the 2nd Amendment.

"DeWine expanded concealed handgun license reciprocity rights for Ohioans to 38 states. He has also pushed Congress to pass a nationwide concealed carry reciprocity law and filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court to strike down a ban on modern sporting rifles and so called "high capacity" magazines," according to a statement from DeWine's campaign.

Whaley called the endorsement “political pandering at its most obvious.”

“As a mayor, I don’t have the luxury of participating in acts of political theater like Husted. I go to work every day to ensure our streets and our communities are safe and to create jobs.”

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