Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to sign new concealed carry legislation that allows guns in the Statehouse parking garage, saying he won’t veto the bill just because of last Friday’s tragic shootings in Connecticut.
The measure would allow guns for the first time in parking garages under the state Capitol building in Columbus, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer
. However, the weapons will have to stay behind in the owners’ cars, since firearms are forbidden in the Capitol itself.
Kasich said he supports the Second Amendment and hasn’t changed his mind about that.
"There are a range of issues at play here involving mental health, school security, and a culture that at times fails to reject the glorification of violence that can desensitize us to the sanctity and majesty of life,” the governor said Tuesday in reference to the Newtown, Conn., tragedy that took the lives of 20 school children, six adults, and the mother of the shooter.
State Senate Democratic Leader Eric Kearney was one of many who called on Kasich to veto the bill to send a message about reassessing the state’s gun laws in the aftermath of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday.
“We have witnessed a steady weakening of Ohio's gun laws during the 129th General Assembly,” said Kearney. “First it was guns in bars and then just last week the Ohio Senate passed a bill to allow guns in the Statehouse and Riffe Building parking garages. Surely, after the massacre of 20 young children, the answer is not more guns in more places."
Last week, state lawmakers passed bills to alter Ohio’s concealed carry law, gaining support from the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association. The measures are opposed by most police groups.
The bills also allows gun owners to have loaded clips in their vehicles, as long as they are in a separate compartment from the gun.
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