Gov. Strickland calls for passage of restaurant carry in campaign letter; Contrasts record with his Republican opponent

by Chad D. Baus

Governor Ted Strickland, in a letter mailed today on Sportsmen for Strickland letterhead, said "I look forward to signing Restaurant Carry legislation."

The letter, addressed to "Ohio Gun Owners," documents the progress the administration has made for gun owners over the past three and a half years.

Working with you, we have made great strides to defend freedom. My commitment to Sportsmen's and gun owner's rights has been life-long and I believe that protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights is vital to ensuring our freedoms. I have signed legislation to make the Castle Doctrine the law of Ohio, reduced the restrictions on concealed carry license holders, clarified the rules on the transport of firearms, and I look forward to signing Restaurant Carry legislation.

The letter goes on to say that Ohio gun owners' support is critical to protect Ohio from becoming a state that is hostile to gun owner rights:

During his time in Congress, my opponent received an "F" rating from the NRA and consistently supported bills that took away gun owners rights. He supported a bill that would outlaw private transactions between gun owners at gun shows. Gun owner advocates have claimed this bill would effectively put an end to gun shows across the country.

During my time in Congress, I unequivocally supported and protected your 2nd Amendment Rights, voted against the Brady Bill and the Clinton Gun Ban, and consistently earned an "A" rating by the National Rifle Association. As a son of rural southern Ohio, I know the right to bear arms is not only for protection, but, for many families, is also necessary to bring home dinner.

The letter from Gov. Strickland to "Ohio Gun Owners" concludes with a look to the future:

Your hard work and efforts have allowed me to make the progress I have during my first term as Governor, but the job is not finished and there is more work to be done. I am seeking my second term as Governor of Ohio, I ask for your support as you exercise your freedom and vote this November.

Buckeye Firearms Association welcomes the Governor's public call for Speaker Armond Budish (D) to pass SB239 (Restaurant & Car Carry Rules Fix) before the end of the 128th General Assembly on Dec. 31, 2010 (the bill has already passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate). We appreciate all the work the Governor has done to advance the rights of Ohio gun owners and reverse the damage inflicted by the Taft and Voinovich administrations over the previous 16 years.

DOWNLOAD THE LETTER, print copies, and make sure your friends, family and co-workers know about the choice facing them at the ballot box this November.

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