DeWine: Add warrants to background check systems


COLUMBUS (WDTN/AP) – Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio should start requiring the entry of certain protection orders and arrest warrants for top-tier, violent crimes into background check systems that help notify law enforcement and gun sellers about potentially dangerous people.

DeWine said Wednesday too much information is missing from those state and federal systems, and that’s a safety issue.

He says Ohio is starting work to create a simple, state-funded system for police and courts to add information about warrants and protection orders to the background check systems, and he’ll ask lawmakers to make it mandatory.

In the wake of the Oregon District shooting that killed nine people this month, DeWine already proposed requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

The Governor’s office says the plans are part of the governor’s STRONG Ohio plan, aimed at reducing violence with dangerous weapons and increase mental health treatment.

Following the Oregon District mass shootings, Gov. DeWine laid out 17 action points aimed at combating gun violence and addressing mental health issues, including ‘red flag’ laws and increased mental health services to children.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley responded to DeWine’s plan, stating:

In the gun policy conversation, it is easy to lose track of how important good recording keeping and administrative procedures are. Without good records that are accessible to law enforcement statewide, policies like background checks and extreme risk protection order laws will be difficult to enforce. I appreciate the Governor’s proposal to strengthen the state’s record keeping system for warrants and protection orders, and look forward to continuing to work with him on common-sense gun legislation.  

Mayor Nan Whaley
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