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Ohio governor signs 'campus carry' bill into law

[JURIST] Ohio Governor John Kasich [official website] has signed [press release] the "campus carry" bill into law . Senate Bill 199 [text, PDF], one of 17 bills Kasich signed Monday, makes it legal to carry concealed weapons at daycare facilities and onto college campuses. College boards will have to vote to permit concealed weapons, but child care centers must post notification if firearms are not allowed. The bill also applies to public areas of airports and permits active-duty military to carry concealed guns without a permit. The original language of the bill provided a provision that made concealed gun permit holders a protect class, but those controversial pieces were scrapped [Plain Dealer report]. The Buckeye Firearms Association and the National Rifle Association [advocacy websites] supported the bill. It will take effect in 90 days.

Gun control [JURIST backgrounder] and the Second Amendment continue to be controversial national topics, and gun awareness has risen in the wake of recent shootings across the nation. In June Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill that puts gun owners on an FBI database [JURIST report]. In May the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Second Amendment protects the right to buy and sell guns [JURIST report]. In January US President Barack Obama announced executive actions on gun control [JURIST report].

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