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Columbus, Dayton sue Ohio Attorney General's office over spotty background check updates


Columbus and Dayton are suing Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office over what they say is a failure to update the criminal background check system used to investigate potential gun owners.


In a lawsuit filed Monday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, the cities argue that the attorney general's office is responsible to "procure"  information about any person convicted of a felony "from wherever procurable" and to add that information to a state database, which feeds into a federal background check system.


They cite reports that indicate that isn't happening. In one, Ohio Auditor Keith Faber notes that in more than half of Ohio's 88 counties at least one court or law enforcement department didn't report records on time or, in some cases, at all, according to the lawsuit. A 2018 report from former Gov. John Kasich's administration found that many clerks of courts around Ohio reported not sending complete criminal conviction information to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI). FULL ARTICLE