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Kasich: Expanded Training, Streamlined System To Improve Criminal Database Reporting

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Andy Chow
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Gov. John Kasich (middle) sits down with Karhlton Moore, executive director of the Office of Criminal Justice Services (left); and John Born, director of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (right).

Gov. John Kasich is adding more oversight on local officials to make sure they’re entering crucial information into a national criminal database. The system is used to make sure people convicted of violent crimes can’t get a gun. But Kasich says there are gaps. 

Kasich’s office of criminal justice services says education, streamlined systems, and better coordination can improve reporting into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The report is the result of a working group Kasich formed earlier this year to look at the issue. 

Kasich says this is an issue everyone should care about despite their stance on gun regulation.

“Those people who are gun dealers need to know who they should sell a gun to and who they shouldn’t and if we’re right maybe 80% of the time that means 20% of the time it’s a blind sale,” Kasich said, adding that they did not know exactly how big the reporting gap is. 

He also signed an executive order authorizing law enforcement to enter people with warrants and protection orders into the system. Both disqualify someone from getting a gun but there’s no mandate to report that information.

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