Kasich Signs Two Executive Orders to Enhance Background Check Process for Purchasing Guns


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  • Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia
Ohio governor and outspoken advocate for common sense gun laws, John Kasich, signed two executive orders late last night that will create a permanent National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) compliance working group to help prevent the illegal buying of firearms, as well as require state law enforcement to keep the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) system updated and maintained.

During a press conference, Kasich cited that 20 to 30 percent of information that should be uploaded to LEADS is not being done, which is now allowing people with protection orders against them or active warrants, the ability to purchase a gun they should not be able to obtain.

"This really creates a requirement that when it comes to domestic violence cases, that information is required to be entered and uploaded to all the parties that will have an interest. It is not now a requirement. The executive order will change the rule to make sure we know who these people are," Kasich said during the press conference.

His executive order comes with a report noting that all of the warrant and protection orders that are entered into LEADs, and thus searchable by NICS, are done voluntarily. Until today, there has been no legal requirement that agencies enter this information into LEADS. Kasich's executive order will go into effect immediately, and penalties for law enforcement agencies that do not adhere to the new protocol are subject to financial penalties.

Kasich, a Republican, is a minority in his party for wanting common sense gun control. After Kasich proposed his own "red flag" gun laws, as well as a ban on bump stocks and armor-piercing ammunitions, republican leaders went on record saying they will not support him, despite the fact Ohioans actively want stricter gun control laws.

Kasich's proposed legislation hasn't moved past the Ohio General Assembly, and will likely be untouched until after the November elections. If you're having a good day and want to completely ruin it, check out the comments on Kasich's FB live video discussing his executive order signings. 

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