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Gov. Kasich Won't Sign Gun Bill, But It Will Become Law Anyway

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For the first time as Ohio governor, John Kasich uses a procedure that allows a bill to become law without his signature for a gun measure.

Gov. John Kasich is using an unusual procedure that will allow a gun bill to become law without his signature.

Kasich will not sign a bill that waives the concealed carry license fee and training mandate for active members of the armed forces or for honorably discharged or retired veterans. But it will become law without his signature once it is filed with the Secretary of State’s office. 

Kasich spokesman Jon Keeling said it’s the first time the governor has used this procedure to pass a law.

He said the legislature let politics get in the way of passing other common-sense gun legislation Kasich wanted. And Keeling said Kasich thinks this bill has merit and should pass, but the next piece of gun-related legislation the governor will sign needs to be the package that includes a ban on bump stocks and red flag laws.