Kasich said earlier in December that he believes defendants should have to prove self defense.
"This has never been the law in Ohio; the defendant has always had the burden of proving self-defense," Kasich wrote in the message. "This provision of the bill is strongly opposed by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association."
The "stand your ground" language remains excised. It would have eliminated the "duty to retreat" in self defense situationsin Ohio law when someone enters a life-threatening situation, the story says.
The Wall Street Journal reports the bill would allow off-duty police officers to carry concealed, permitting their peace officer status to pre-empt local gun restrictions. The bill also strengthens penalties against those conducting certain illegal firearm purchases.