In a rare moment of political harmony in a divided country, Ohio Governor John Kasich, a Republican, on Thursday issued an executive order barring localities in the state from adopting or adopting ordinances restricting the sale of guns and ammunition, including the sale and transfer of firearms and ammunition.
The order, which is not subject to legal challenge, follows a Supreme Court ruling that overturned a similar ban in Indiana, which Kasich signed in October 2016.
The decision overturned a lower court’s ruling that banned the ban on the grounds that it violated the Second Amendment.
“The Second Amendment protects all of our citizens,” Kasich said in a statement.
“I do not believe the Second Amendments is a license for local governments to impose restrictions on the ability of residents of Ohio to purchase and possess firearms and ammo.”
The move comes after a spate of high-profile mass shootings in Ohio and in several other states, including Florida and California.
Ohio is one of the most restrictive states in the country for gun control.
Ohio’s governor has made it a priority to crack down on gun violence and the state has enacted strict laws on the sale, transfer, and possession of guns.
Last year, Kasich signed a bill that created the “Ohio Firearms Safety Commission” to oversee the state’s gun laws.
Kasich said he signed the bill as a way to promote gun safety and to make Ohio more attractive to gun buyers.
“I have always been a proponent of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments and the right to bear arms, and that includes the right not to own a gun,” Kasich told reporters.
“But we have to take care of the problem, and this is a way we can do it.”
The governor said he is not the first to sign an executive action to restrict gun ownership in Ohio.
In 2011, Ohio lawmakers approved a law that limited the sale or transfer of certain types of guns to localities.
But Kasich, who is considered one of America’s most pro-gun governors, is the first governor in the history of the United States to sign such an executive decree.
He is also the first Republican governor to do so in Ohio since President Barack Obama was elected president.
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John Kasich Signs Executive Order That Ends Gun Ban in Ohio)”The new executive order does not take away from any existing law, it just makes it easier for localities to follow,” said Rick Zogby, a senior policy analyst with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Zogby said the executive order is not designed to be a blanket ban on gun sales or transfers.
“What it does is give localities the authority to make certain determinations,” Zogbry said.
“What it will not do is create an entirely new state law, which, in fact, has been used to enact gun bans before in other states.”(MORE : The Top 10 Most Gun-Free States in America) Kasich, who has previously been outspoken about gun control, also signed an executive agreement that would prevent cities from enacting gun control ordinances that prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms, which he called a “no-brainer.”
“We’re not going to make it harder for people to carry concealed guns,” Kasich continued.
“We are going to give cities the authority not to enact those ordinances.”
The ban on guns, which has not been challenged by the courts, has become a lightning rod for political debate and is now the subject of an intense and sometimes heated national debate.
The executive order has been called a violation of due process and a violation by both sides of the gun debate.
Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania, a Democrat, has said that his state has the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
(MORE – Kasich: I Have a Right to Own Guns) “We are seeing a renewed push to restrict firearms and our Second Amendment rights in Ohio,” Wolf said in December.
“Today’s order is yet another example of the efforts of the Republican Party to try to use these laws to advance their partisan political agenda.
The NRA and its allies are trying to take advantage of the tragedy in Orlando to make further gun restrictions, and we will continue to stand against that.”
(WATCH: John Kasich signs executive order to ban handguns and rifles in Ohio )In April, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio also announced he would oppose the ban, citing the political implications of such an order.
“As a matter of fact, I think the people of Ohio have a right to carry guns,” Portman said.