Ohio governor signs executive order on gun background check data
By Chris Eger
Kasich says there are instances in which “data is not being reported” to NICS in a timely way, leading to guns in the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. (Photo: Kasich’s office)
Gov. John Kasich inked an order Monday to improve data sent to the federal gun background check system from Ohio.
The move, announced in a press conference held in conjunction with state law enforcement representatives, aims to up compliance with the FBI’s National Criminal Background Check System, the database used to clear gun transfers and firearm permits. The need for the order came after the conclusion of a review in 2015 that identified gaps in NICS when it came to the data reported by local courts and agencies in Ohio to the federal government.
“You got a case here in Ohio where this data is not being reported,” said Kasich, pointing to an instance where Hamilton County, encompassing Cincinnati, did not report its information to the FBI for four months. “So you have people who are felons, with the data not being put into the NICS system — people who have no business having guns — have these guns.”
Outside of Ohio, the one-time Republican presidential candidate pointed to mass murderers