Ohio Legislature Defeats Kasich’s Veto On Gun-Owner Rights Bill

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich’s veto opposing a bill for gun owners’ rights was overturned by the Republican-led state legislature Thursday.

The state House first voted to overturn Kasich’s veto on the bill, which makes it easier for off-duty police officers to access guns and also changes laws regarding self-defense cases. The state Senate then voted later, 21-11, turning down Kasich’s veto on the legislation, The Associated Press reported.

The bill was heavily supported by pro-gun groups in the state that pushed lawmakers to overturn the veto.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to reporters after a closed meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, on Feb. 24, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Republican governor also vetoed a bill banning abortion if an unborn baby has a heartbeat, known as the “heartbeat bill,” which was voted on Thursday as well. However, the Senate failed to overturn Kasich’s veto. (RELATED: John Kasich To Veto 6-Week Abortion Ban And Gun Rights Bill

Kasich, who is known as a more moderate Republican, has been a critic of President Donald Trump, blaming GOP leadership and Democratic leadership for many of the problems going on in Washington, D.C.

He has not ruled out a 2020 run as a third-party candidate against Trump.

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