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Ohio: Legislature Overrides Governor Kasich’s Veto of Self-Defense Legislation

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Ohio: Legislature Overrides Governor Kasich’s Veto of Self-Defense Legislation

Today, the Ohio House of Representatives and Senate voted 67-22 and 21-11, respectively, to override Governor John Kasich’s veto of self-defense legislation, Sub. House Bill 228. Substitute House Bill 228 will now be enacted into law.

Some of the important provisions in Sub. House Bill 228 are:  

  • Placing the burden of disproving a self-defense claim on the prosecution, similar to how it is in every other state in the country
  • Critical expansion of preemption to ensure that localities do not create a patchwork of gun laws throughout Ohio
  • Language updates to mirror federal law that affects certain types of firearms, such as the Mossberg Shockwave
  • Clarifies Ohio’s signage law in regards to concealed carry.  These important changes simplify what has become a complicated portion of Ohio law

Thank you to NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters who continued to contact their lawmakers in support of this important legislation.  Also, special thanks to those legislators who voted in favor of Sub. HB 228 and again to override the Governor’s veto.

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