Ohio GOP governor outlines background check proposals in wake of shooting

Ohio GOP governor outlines background check proposals in wake of shooting
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWineMike DeWineTrump supporters boo GOP Ohio governor at rally Ohio bars local, state officials from closing churches, changing election dates New York puts Ohio back on travel advisory list MORE (R) outlined a gun legislation proposal Wednesday that included strengthening the state's background check system, which he called “dangerously deficient,” after nine people were killed in a mass shooting in Dayton earlier this month. 

DeWine proposed requiring local authorities to upload warrants for those who have committed violent crimes or those subject to protection orders to state and federal databases within 48 hours, which is currently not required, according to multiple reports. 


He also said these should be uploaded digitally as opposed to on paper. 

“Responsible gun shop owners do not want to sell a gun to someone who should not have one,” DeWine said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

He said that the incomplete databases mean that “the system is failing these business owners and is certainly failing the public as well.”

The Enquirer reported that in March there were more than 500,000 pending arrest warrants, but only  217,052 were uploaded to the state database and 18,117 were put into the federal database.

DeWine on Wednesday also tweeted that he would soon recommend a "#StrongOhio bill" to the state legislature that will "enhance the state/ federal background check systems to better protect law enforcement & the public and help prevent the sale of guns to those prohibited from purchasing a firearm."

He added that he "will ask the Ohio General Assembly to mandate that courts enter final domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault protection orders" into the databases. 

DeWine also endorsed stronger background check legislation after the shooting at a press conference earlier this month. 

The shooting that killed nine people came one day after a shooting in El Paso, Texas, left 22 people dead. Both incidents renewed public interest and debate surrounding U.S. gun laws.