Jon Husted's gubernatorial announcement cites Second Amendment record

On Monday, May 8, Secretary of State Jon Husted announced his candidacy for governor of Ohio by highlighting his achievements to promote and defend Second Amendment rights.

From his campaign announcement letter:

COLUMBUS– In a video message to supporters this weekend, Jon Husted announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Ohio in the 2018 election.

Speaking from his childhood hometown of Montpelier, Ohio, Husted stated, “As Barack Obama said, folks here cling to our religion and our guns and there’s no doubt my family would firmly fit in Hillary Clinton’s basket of deplorables. And we’re proud of it.”


Jon Husted is the only statewide elected official in Ohio who holds an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). When serving as House Speaker, Husted spearheaded passage of comprehensive reform to Ohio’s concealed carry laws in order to protect law-abiding gun owners. After the bill was vetoed, then-Speaker Husted stood up to the Governor of his own party and led the vote to override the veto. No gubernatorial veto has been successfully overridden since.

The video message follows:

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and a NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

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