GOP-Backed Bill Would Expand Background Checks On Gun Sales

Oct 1, 2019

A pair of Ohio House Republicans are pushing for a bill that would mandate better reporting into the database used for background checks on gun sales. They say it's an important step in addressing gun violence.

State Reps. Phil Plummer (R-Dayton) and D.J. Swearingen (R-Hurin) are introducing legislation that requires criminal convictions, warrants, indictments and other information to be added into the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System within one day.

Plummer says this will lead to more accurate and timely background checks.

"Fixing the NICS system is the foundation to all of this. We have to have proper background checks to hold the criminal element responsible," Plummer said.

The bill also includes $10 million for InnovateOhio to develop a new reporting portal that all state and local entities can use to supply data, and $2.4 million per year for the Ohio Department of Public Safety to maintain the system.

The legislators say they are still having discussions on the proposals from Gov. Mike DeWine on expanding background checks and the red flag confiscation law.

DeWine plans to release specifics for his proposals next week.