Dayton part of lawsuit alleging BCI gun background check system is ‘broken’

Dayton part of lawsuit alleging BCI gun background check system is ‘broken’

Dayton and Columbus have filed a first-of-its kind lawsuit claiming the state has failed its duty to ensure the background system used for gun sales and concealed carry permits has complete and accurate records. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) is not fulfilling its legal obligation to collect and maintain complete and accurate criminal history records of Ohioans, which potentially means people prohibited from buying and possessing firearms are able to do so, according to the mayors of Dayton and Columbus and their legal representatives. The lawsuit seeks to force BCI to fix a “dangerous and broken” system that has large gaps in its criminal history database that put the public at risk at a time of growing firearm sales and some types of gun violence, officials and the lawsuit say. “People want to be safe. They expect laws on our books to be enforced,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. “It’s just common sense that if someone is prohibited from buying a gun, including through a felony conviction or history of domestic violence, they shouldn’t be able to pass a background check because of a bureaucratic mistake.” Bethany McCorkle, communications director for the Ohio Attorney General, said her office learned of this complaint from a press conference and the lack of communication suggests this was done in “bad faith” and seems like a poor way to try to fix any problems. “This complaint has high drama, low substance and no solutions,” she said. On Monday, Whaley joined Columbus Mayor […]

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