Kasich Vetoes HB 228

Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed HB 228, sending the bill back to the state legislature, where an attempted vote to override is expected after Christmas. From NBC4i Columbus:

House Bill 228, known as the Duty to Retreat bill, shifted the burden of proof from a defendant choosing to use an affirmative defense to the prosecution. It also changed the burden from something that has to be shown to be more likely than not to something that needs to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

An earlier version of the bill included language that eliminated the duty to retreat when faced with having to use self-defense.


He called calling it "baffling and unconscionable" that Ohio's GOP-controlled General Assembly was unwilling to even debate the idea.

The last paragraph of Kasich's veto message stated,

“I urge members of the 133rd General Assembly, convening in January 2019, to conduct a prolonged, thoughtful, and transparent review of state laws regarding the sale, possession, and use of firearms in order to send the next governor a bill that is not only consistent with the right to bear arms and the right of all Ohioans to robust due process protections, but that also keeps firearms out of the hands of those individuals who would use them to harm themselves or others.  Am. Sub. H.B. 228 is not that bill and signing it into law would be detrimental to the safety of all of our citizens.”

Gun safety organizations praised the Governor’s decision. Jim Seigel and Randy Ludlow, Columbus Dispatch:

“The governor saw this for what it is — an extreme attempt to punish Ohio cities and towns for trying to address gun violence,” said Laura Lewis, volunteer leader with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety.

“Most Ohioans want our lawmakers to work together and pass bipartisan gun safety legislation, like a red flag law and legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. We want Ohio to move forward, not backward.”

Pro-gun organizations are whipping up support in favor of the override vote. Bryant Somerville, 10TV:

"I hate to jump on the bash-Kasich bandwagon, but in this case, he's really throwing a temper tantrum," Chuck LaRosa said.

LaRosa is with Ohioans for Concealed Carry. He says HB 228 wasn't about power, but about basic American freedom.

"Is there anything more American than presumed innocent until proven guilty," LaRosa asked.