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John Kasich Wants To Improve Ohio's Gun Background Check System

Ohio's governor ordered a review of the way state agencies report to the National Criminal Background Check system.
Posted at 5:02 PM, Apr 23, 2018

Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to fix the way his state handles background checks for gun purchases.

He said Monday some people with felony convictions may be able to buy guns in Ohio because "in too many communities, convictions aren't uploaded to the National Criminal Background Check system."

He signed an executive order for three government agencies to search for gaps in the way officials are reporting their data. They'll look into law enforcement and court clerks' practices to see if they can be improved. 

Kasich has shown openness to gun control before. Shortly after the Parkland school shooting, he released several proposals meant to curb gun violence in Ohio.

He also recently changed the name of a page of his website from "Defending the Second Amendment," to "Common Sense on the Second Amendment," and wrote that Americans should learn from mass killings and school shootings "and take appropriate action."

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.