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Ohio Gov. Kasich Signs the 'Guns Everywhere' Bill

Ohio Gov. Kasich Signs the 'Guns Everywhere' Bill
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed a bill that expands the state’s current laws for concealing and carrying a firearm.

Senate Bill 199 lifts the blanket prohibition on firearms at those locations [colleges campuses and day care centers] and the public area of airport terminals, before security checkpoints. College boards of trustees would have to vote to allow concealed firearms; child care centers and in-home daycare would have to post a sign if firearms aren’t allowed.

The law also allows active-duty military to carry concealed guns without a permit and prohibits employers from banning permit holders from bringing guns into company parking lots. It takes effect in 90 days.

The bill faced fierce opposition from the likes of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Ohio Municipal League, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, as well as the usual suspects involved in the national gun control movement.

Also included in the bill is a prohibition on employers who want to ban employees from carrying a firearm in their car.

The law also stipulates that a business entity, property owner, or public or private employer may not establish, maintain, or enforce a policy or rule that prohibits or has the effect of prohibiting a person who has been issued a valid concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm or ammunition inside the person’s privately owned motor vehicle.

The harpies over at Moms Demand released a statement after Kasich signed the bill. “Governor Kasich ignored the concerns of law enforcement, business leaders, gun violence survivors, moms, daycare providers, campus stakeholders and students,” Michele Mueller, leader of the Ohio chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said in the statement. “By signing Senate Bill 199, Governor Kasich is siding with gun lobby interests over public safety.”

Kasich didn’t ignore the 4 million+ gun owners in Ohio.