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Ohio Gov. John Kasich appears on CNN's "State of the Union," Sunday, March 26, 2018. (CNN Newsource)

Kasich continues battle to strengthen gun laws



COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that politicians who do not act on new gun control laws are “afraid of their own shadow.”

The two-term Republican made his appearance on CNN’s Sunday political program for the second time in as many months and praised Saturday's student-led March for Our Lives on Washington — an event largely centered around tightening restrictions on gun ownership and concealed carry laws. Kasich said the students involved in the march should “keep it up.”

The governor said any politician who is not moved to act after the weekend protest will face the consequences at election time.

“We’re not going to change everything overnight but you can get significant change,” Kasich said. “And if they do not ... bring about change, I think people should be held absolutely accountable at the ballot box, no question about it."

The recent comments mark a continued departure from Kasich’s previously staunch pro-gun positions. Last month on the same program, Kasich had questioned the need for civilians to purchase high-powered, military-style rifles, asking rhetorically whether anyone would be offended if they “couldn’t buy a god-darn AR-15.”

In recent weeks, the former presidential candidate released a series of state gun law proposals, including a measure to confiscate weapons from people deemed mentally unfit to own them. The state legislature has not yet taken action on those proposals.

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