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Ohio Gov. Kasich signs executive order on gun background checks

Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich speaks during a town hall in Maryland. AP Photo / Evan Vucci

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP/WKRC) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order intended to improve gun background checks in the state.

The Republican governor has asked a committee that last met in 2015 to reconvene and study how well police departments and clerks of court report information that could stop someone from buying a gun.

Kasich says that group's original conclusions found changes needed at the local level to get information quickly and accurately to the national instant background check database.

Kasich also wants the state auditor to include reporting to that database as part of regular audits of local governments.

John Kasich said in a statement:

“Better access to more comprehensive, up-to-date information will greatly improve background checks so dangerous people are less likely to purchase guns."

The move comes as he pushes a package of gun control efforts in the Legislature, including a so-called "red flag" law. That concept enables family members, guardians or police to ask judges to use a new gun violence restraining order to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence.

The father of a girl killed in the Parkland, Florida, school massacre joined Kasich earlier this month in supporting bipartisan changes to Ohio's gun laws.

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