With eye at curbing gun violence, Gov. John Kasich signs executive order

September 24, 2018

With eye at curbing gun violence, Gov. John Kasich signs executive order

COLUMBUS, Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order late Monday afternoon requiring Ohio law enforcement to upload certain protection orders and warrants into a database that could prevent people from illegally buying firearms. 

The executive order comes with a 39-page report showing gaps in crime reporting to the database, including a survey that found 39 percent of responding agencies didn’t report any felony warrants to the system and just 21 percent of respondents reported all civil protection orders. 

The executive order includes sanctions to law enforcement agencies that don’t comply, including financial penalties and loss of access to the database.

Kasich, a Republican, believes people will support the executive order and other efforts he’s making to ensure warrants and protection orders are reported. 

“We just had another tragedy in Cincinnati,” he said. “Unfortunately, in this area it just goes on and on and on. Any way we can improve this I think is a worthy endeavor.”

In March, Kasich proposed six gun policy changes, including efforts to require another branch of government - the courts - to report conviction information to a state database, which eventually gets into the federal database. The policy changes came after Kasich spoke to people on different sides of the gun debate. 

Many of Kasich’s proposals ended up in House Bill 585 and Senate Bill 288, sponsored by fellow Republicans. But the bills haven’t moved beyond committee hearings.

Most Republicans in Ohio General Assembly, where the GOP holds a supermajority, don’t want to touch anything that could be interpreted as gun control. 

Kasich signed a separate executive order Monday that makes permanent a working group that has been studying how information is sent to the database. 

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