Under cover of the hectic Christmas season, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) vetoed a proposal rightly putting the burden of proof on prosecutors in cases of self-defense shootings. That’s when Ohio lawmakers overrode the veto of H.B. 228 despite Kasich’s adamant claims that it violated the state’s “home rule” and local government sovereignty in enforcing firearm legislation. Kasich instead shared his preference for “red flag” laws rather than legislation fixing the premise of guilt for gun owners in keeping with America’s constitutional right to due process. Once a self-professed moderate, Kasich has clearly jumped the fence for greener, Leftist pastures. Any thought of running for president in the future may already be up in (gun)smoke.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
The state Senate in Ohio has overridden a veto from Gov. John Kasich on a gun proposal that pushes the burden of proof to prosecutors in shootings involving self-defense.
The Republican governor on Dec. 20 vetoed House Bill 228. The state Senate then convened after Christmas session and the GOP-majority chamber overrode Kasich’s veto.
H.B. 228 makes several changes to Ohio’s law regarding firearms. One of the most notable involves adjudication of self-defense shooting cases. The burden is now pushed from defendants to prosecutors to show the accused did not use their weapons “in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence.”
“This has never been the law in Ohio,” Kasich wrote in his veto statement. “The defendant has always had the burden of proving self-defense.”