Ohio Gov. John Kasich has continued his pro-gun record with the recent signing of a sweeping new gun law. The bill, which will go into effect by early spring, permits active-duty military, or anyone with a concealed-carry permit, to bring a firearm into a host of new locations.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio’s 550,000 permitted carries could enter college campuses, day-care centers, unsecured government properties, portions of airport terminals, and various county properties.
But the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense group, a group fighting pro-gun measures, are “deeply concerned.”
"We'll work to educate day-care centers and college campuses about what it means for them and steps they can take to protect their communities,” Michele Mueller, president of the group’s Ohio chapter, said.
Meanwhile, Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake said the bill is “not a good idea.”
According to Vice News, Gov. Kasich has never vetoed a pro-gun bill since taking office in 2011.
“I’ve received an A rating [from the NRA] since I’ve been governor,” Kasich said in February, notes The Trace. “You can strip all the guns away, but the people who are gonna commit crimes or have problems are always gonna be able to have the guns. …People feel like, ‘I’d like to be able to protect myself.’”
According to Vice, the new Ohio gun legislation is the most notable gun rights expansion since Missouri’s “Stand Your Ground” law passed in September.
But Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association, writes off Gov. Kasich’s pro-gun position as political expediency, reports The Trace.
“He’s not a gun guy,” Irvine said. “The gun issue just isn’t his issue. I don’t mean that as any slight on him.”
Toby Hoover, founder and director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, agreed.
“To run in Ohio, it’s pretty much where you have to be,” he conceded. “I think that is really why he did it. I feel he really is kind of moderate on the issue, like he probably is on a lot of things.”