OH gov: Statehouse guns, Conn. shootings separate

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) says a bill he'll soon sign allowing guns into the Ohio Statehouse parking garage is "completely separate" from school safety enhancements he's pursuing in the wake of shootings in Connecticut.

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday he's rejecting calls to veto the bill because it passed overwhelmingly, and because it's important to continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. He said it represented a "measured approach."

Kasich said he had his education adviser convene a meeting involving the Attorney General's Office, and the state departments of Education, Mental Health and Public Safety, including Homeland Security, after 20 children and six adults were killed Friday in Newtown, Conn. He said any solution must address the root of the violence.