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Ohio Legislature Defeats Kasich’s Veto On Gun-Owner Rights Bill

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Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich’s veto opposing a bill for gun owners’ rights was overturned by the Republican led state legislature Thursday afternoon.

The state House first voted to overturn Kasich’s veto on the bill, which makes it easier for off-duty police officers to access guns and also changes laws regarding self-defense cases. The state Senate then voted a few hours later, 21-11, turning down Kasich’s veto on the legislation, The Associated Press reported.

The bill was heavily supported by pro-gun groups in the state that pushed lawmakers to overturn the veto.

The Republican governor also vetoed a bill banning abortion if an unborn baby has had a heartbeat, known as the “heartbeat bill,” which was voted on Thursday as well. However, the Senate failed to overturn Kasich’s veto.

Kasich, who is known as a more moderate Republican, has been a critic of President Donald Trump, blaming GOP leadership and Democratic leadership for many of the problems going on in Washington, D.C.

He has not ruled out a 2020 run as a third-party candidate against Trump.

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