Gov. Kasich signs Ohio gun rights expansion bill into law

Gov. John Kasich this week signed a number of pieces of legislation including one that is seen as a victory for gun rights. (Photo: Ohio Press Sec)

Gov. John Kasich this week signed a number of pieces of legislation including one that is seen as a victory for gun rights. (Photo: Ohio Press Sec)

Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a sweeping gun bill on Monday that will expand concealed carry and modify a number of gun free zones, including those at schools, airports and day care centers.

Kasich did not comment when he signed the bill, which was originally intended to expand carry rights for active duty troops but had been heavily amended to include language from other pro-gun legislation leading some to call it a “guns everywhere” bill.

The most controversial tenets of the new law allows concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms inside school safety zones as long as the guns are in their vehicles, and gives colleges and universities the authority to allow for campus carry. Gun control advocates and university leaders testified against the measure in the final days of session and actively lobbied Kasich to veto it if passed.

“Governor Kasich ignored the concerns of law enforcement, business leaders, gun violence survivors, moms, daycare providers, campus stakeholders and students,” said Michele Mueller, head of Ohio’s Moms Demand Action chapter, in a statement Monday. “By signing Senate Bill 199, Governor Kasich is siding with gun lobby interests over public safety.”

Yet, both national and state gun rights groups welcomed the news of its passage, weeks after an attack on the campus of Ohio State University sent nearly a dozen to the hospital. The National Rifle Association called the law a “victory,” and the Buckeye Firearms Association said it was “pleased” to see the bill signed into law.

The bill passed the House 68-25 and the Senate 22-8 earlier this month. Ohio Sen. Joe Uecker, R-Miami Township, designed legislation two years ago around a case where a constituent who had served in the military was barred from carrying a handgun as a civilian because he was too young to apply for a permit.

“Protection of our Second Amendment Rights must be take seriously, and my sponsorship of this legislation reflects the wishes of many of my constituents,” Uecker said in a statement.

“This honors the extensive firearm instruction that our service men and women undergo during their military training,” he added.

The new law will take effect in about 90 days and, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, will add Ohio to the list of 23 other states that allow some form of campus carry.

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More