On Friday, Ohio Governor John Kasich refused to sign the concealed carry bill that was sent to his desk by the state legislature, citing his disappointment that it lacks gun control measures he sought in the wake of recent mass shootings. Fortunately for the state of Ohio though, the bill will become law anyway on Monday since Ohio doesn't require the Governor to sign it in order for it to pass.
Any time a bill passes both chambers and reaches the governor's desk, he has the option of vetoing it, signing it, or allowing it to become law by doing nothing at all — which is what he chose this time around. The bill passed the House 73-20 and the Senate 23-6, so he obviously knew that any veto would have been overridden.
In public statements recently, Governor Kasich said he didn't oppose what was in the bill; he just opposed that it didn't also contain his proposals to enact a red flag law to take guns from persons deemed a danger to themselves or others, block straw purchases to those prohibited persons who cannot legally own guns, or prohibit sales of armor-piercing ammunition.
The Governor's spokesman Jon Keeling is reported to have said, “…while this legislation has merit and the governor’s support, he believes that the next piece of gun-related legislation that he signs needs to be the package of common sense reforms that have been introduced and which will provide valuable tools to reduce gun violence….”
Senate Bill 81 was sponsored by Senator Lou Terhar (R., Cincinnati) and it does the following:
- Waives the concealed carry license fee for active members of the armed forces and retired and honorably discharged veterans
- Accepts military experience with firearms as proof of competency with firearms, regardless of when the applicant for a license acquired the experience
- Permits a licensee to renew a concealed handgun license at any time before the expiration of the license
- Requires the Attorney General to monitor the number of license fees waived and cap the total amount allowed to be waived at $1.5 million