Gov. John Kasich vetoes GOP gun bill after ‘stand your ground’ language stripped

COLUMBUS – Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he wants a better gun bill from the state’s GOP-controlled Legislature, calling their unwillingness to consider a red flag law “baffling and unconscionable.”

Citing a number of recent shootings including the attack at the Fifth Third Bank building in Cincinnati, Kasich demanded more comprehensive gun policies from lawmakers while vetoing their proposed law to force prosecutors to prove a shooter acted in self-defense.

“New policies are needed to better safeguard those in crisis, their families, their co-workers, their classmates, their educators, law enforcement officers and the general public from the harm that we have seen happen far too many times when those in crisis have unrestricted access to firearms and have exhibited signs of causing harm,” Kasich wrote in his lengthy veto message Wednesday afternoon.

The bill Kasich vetoed, House Bill 228, initially included language that would have eliminated the duty to retreat after using deadly force, often called “stand your ground” laws. Ohio’s GOP-controlled Senate removed that language on Dec. 6, but Kasich still didn’t like the changes.

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