Kasich signs order on guns


Associated Press

COLUMBUS

Problems entering the names of Ohio individuals banned by law from possessing guns into a national background database will be addressed under actions announced Monday by Gov. John Kasich.

But an executive order signed by the Republican governor doesn’t fix those problems outright. Instead, it convenes a committee to quickly study the size of the problem and figure out ways to fix it. Kasich said he hopes for initial answers within a month.

At issue are people who can’t have guns, such as those judged mentally ill and convicted felons. Police departments and clerks of courts should be entering those names into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System but don’t always do it quickly, the governor said.

“There’s just no excuse for this data not being sent,” Kasich said.

In February, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that dozens of Ohio courts failed to upload the paperwork, including some that went months or years without an update.

A committee that last met in 2015 concluded that reporting improvements were needed. Kasich reconvened the group Monday and ordered new reporting on problems and how to fix them.

Kasich also said he wants the state auditor to include reporting to that database as part of regular audits of local governments.

State Auditor David Yost, a fellow Republican, said he’s been studying how such reviews could be done since late last year.

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