In the immediate wake of the Ohio State University terrorist attack, a pro-Second Amendment rights bill was drafted to address the state’s gun ban across several public areas. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill into law on Monday, confirming citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms and to protect themselves and those around them.

As The Blaze reports, the law lifts the bans in most public places, but there are several caveats. While the blanket prohibition has been lifted on Ohio college campuses by Senate Bill 199, the boards of trustees at each campus will still cast a vote to allow concealed carry. For child care centers and daycare operations, signs would have to be posted to declare the building a gun-free zone. Weapons will remain outlawed at courthouses, statehouses, and police stations.

There are other benefits of the bill, including allowing concealed carry in the public area of airport terminals before the security checkpoints. It also gives active-duty military members the freedom to carry concealed without a permit and ensures employers can’t ban CCP holders bringing their weapons into the company’s parking lots. It’s easy to see why it was backed by the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye Firearms Association. Of course, opposition came by way of Moms Demand Action.

But it’s cause for celebration anytime a state government ensures the rights already guaranteed by the Constitution for its citizens. This is what freedom looked like to the Founding Fathers. Let’s hope more governors will follow Kasich’s lead.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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