Ohio drops CCW fees for vets without Kasich signature on bill
By Chris Eger
Kasich, a Republican who has increasingly come out in support of gun control measures, declined to sign a bill waiving fees for veterans and active duty military last week. (Photo: Governor’s office)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich refused to sign a bill waiving fees for active duty military and veterans who apply for a concealed handgun license in protest over a gun control impasse.
The Republican allowed SB 81 to become law without his signature on Friday, arguing that lawmakers missed the chance to enact gun control measures this session in the wake of a high-profile school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Jon Keeling, Kasich’s press secretary, said that while the bill cutting fees for service members and vets “has merit and the governor’s support, he believes that the next piece of gun-related legislation that he signs needs to be the package of common sense reforms that has been introduced and which will provide valuable tools to reduce gun violence.”
In March, two weeks after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead and added momentum to a push for changes on gun policy, Kasich backed a six-part plan of proposed new regulations pitched to state lawmakers. The package included banning