Ohio Governor John Kasich — who wants everyone to know that he’s “a Second Amendment guy” — vetoed a gun owners rights bill that reached his desk earlier this month. The bill had been overwhelmingly passed in both the house and senate and speculation at the time was that there were enough votes in both houses to override the postman’s son’s veto.
That speculation proved to be accurate. As fox8.com reports:
A bill broadening gun-owner rights has become law in Ohio, after the Republican-led state Legislature overrode GOP Gov. John Kasich’s veto.
The Senate voted 21-11 on Thursday to reject Kasich’s decision to strike down the bill. That followed a House override earlier in the day.
At the time, Kasich said signing the stand your ground law “would be detrimental to the safety of all of our citizens.” In reality, he was upset that the legislature refused to pass a gun violence restraining order bill that he could sign.
The bill shifts the burden of proof from lawful gun owners who use firearms for self defense to prosecutors. The bill also preempts local gun control laws in the state.
Kasich opposed language shifting the burden of proof in self-defense cases from defendants to prosecutors. He also criticized lawmakers for refusing to debate a “red flag” law allowing gun rights to be temporarily stripped from people who show warning signs of violence.
This will probably ruin the governor’s whole week. Lawful gun owners in Ohio, however, are no doubt celebrating the victory.