Ohio House rejects veto of gun-owner rights bill, Senate passes pay raise

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-led Ohio House has voted to override GOP Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a bill broadening gun-owner rights.

House members voted 67-22 Thursday to reject Kasich’s decision to strike down the legislation. It would expand gun access for off-duty police officers and at subsidized housing complexes and allow pre-emption of local gun restrictions, among other things.

The measure headed immediately to the Senate, which had hoped to appease Kasich by previously stripping the measure’s so-called stand-your-ground language.

But he vetoed the legislation anyway, citing a provision that shifts the burden of proof in self-defense cases from defendants to prosecutors. Kasich also scolded lawmakers for refusing to even debate a “red flag” law allowing gun rights to be temporarily stripped from people who show warning signs of violence.

A disputed bill that increases death benefits and insurance coverage for slain public safety officers’ families while also providing pay raises to Ohio elected officials has become law over the governor’s objections.

The Republican-led Ohio House overrode GOP Gov. John Kasich’s veto 70-16 on Thursday. Its action followed a successful veto override in the Senate earlier in the day.

In his veto message Friday, Kasich called the bill’s intent to help police and firefighter families “praiseworthy.” But he said he couldn’t support “the last-minute rush to include a controversial pay raise” without adequate public debate.

Kasich had urged lawmakers to send the original bill to his successor, Republican Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, when the new legislative session begins in January.

One fellow Republican lawmaker called the veto hypocritical and “Grinch-like.”

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