UPDATE: Kasich signs executive order on background checks for gun purchases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - UPDATE: 04/23/18 2:15 P.M.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order intended to improve compliance with gun background check reporting.

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.

The move Monday comes as Kasich pushes a package of gun control efforts in the Legislature, including a so-called "red flag" law regarding people who show warning signs of violence.

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UPDATE: 04/05/18 11:30 A.M.

Changes to gun laws in Ohio are being proposed at the Statehouse including a "red flag" law that creates gun violence restraining orders against people showing signs of violence.

The legislation introduced Thursday includes all of the gun law changes embraced by Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Rep. Michael Henne, a Dayton-area Republican who's bringing forward the legislation, says these are sensible changes that should keep people safer.

Kasich last month recommended six changes, including prohibiting those under domestic violence protection orders from buying or possessing firearms; and clarifying Ohio's prohibition on third-party gun purchases.

The recommendations emerged from a politically diverse advisory panel Kasich assembled after the deadly Las Vegas shooting. The group's work was sped up after 17 died in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Republican Gov. John Kasich is advocating a "red flag" gun law for Ohio, a ban on armor-piercing ammunition and other consensus policy positions he says could fly nationally.

Recommendations Kasich released Thursday emerged from a politically diverse advisory panel he assembled after Las Vegas saw the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in October.

Kasich accelerated the group's work after February's school shooting in Florida.

"Red flag" laws enable family members, guardians or police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from people who show warning signs of violence.

Kasich also recommends stricter compliance deadlines and penalties around entering data into the national background check system; automatically prohibiting those under domestic violence protection orders from buying or possessing firearms; and clarifying Ohio's prohibition on third-party gun purchases.

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