Ohio Governor John Kasich on Monday afternoon signed an executive order that requires Ohio police officials and others to upload various felony arrests, restraining orders and warrants into the state's database that could prevent prohibited people from buying guns from retailers.
The 39-page report that was presented with the order shows gaps in the state's crime reporting procedures that go into the database, including one survey detailing a shocking discovery that found that up to 39 percent of state agencies didn't report any felony warrants at all. Only 21 percent of responding agencies entered all of their civil protection orders into the database.
Upon signing the order, he stated,
"We just had another tragedy in Cincinnati. Unfortunately, in this area it just goes on and on and on. Any way we can improve this I think is a worthy endeavor."
Unfortunately, many of the agencies and departments throughout the state don't have the proper equipment to comply with the reporting requirements, which could make the process drag on for years, long after Kasich himself is out of office. One problem that was cited repeatedly is that some lack any means of digitizing fingerprints, which the database requires in order for a proper submission to go through. Others say they don't have enough staff, while some just don't fully understand how the database prevents people from illegally purchasing guns and presumably haven't complied simply for that reason alone.
Kasich's office said they are looking into ways to help local law enforcement agencies conduct better reporting practices.
The Governor also signed an additional executive order that makes a permanent task force out of a temporary working group established for studying and documenting how information gets sent to the database. The working group's report was compiled into the 39-page report mentioned above.
The new task force is made up of justices from the Ohio Supreme Court, officers from police and sheriff's departments, several state agencies, local town and city governments and even one Clerk of Courts.