BREAKING: "Fix NICS" Bill to be Introduced by House Republicans
Rep. D.J. Swearingen (R) and Rep. Phil Plummer (R) held a press conference today at 2:35 p.m. to announce a bill that seeks to force state and local agencies to report all criminal convictions, mental health adjudications, warrants, indictments and certain court orders to be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for firearm purchases.
The bill would allocate $10 million to create an online portal through InnovateOhio to enable state and local agencies to report required information faster and in a more consistent manner. Currently, data is entered into one of three different systems, causing redundancis and missing data.
If late in filing or updating data, these entities could face fines of $1,000 per day and lose Department of Public Safety grant funding.
The bill also seeks to make treatment available for those with mental health and addiction problems.
In addition, the bill will extend from 5 to 10 years the time period before juvenile records can be expunged.
There is no bill language to review at this time. Buckeye Firearms Association will review the bill when it is introduced and report on our findings.