Ohio’s Background Check System Falls Short

April 28, 2015 | posted in: Uncategorized | by

A recent investigation has concluded that the fingerprint-based background check system used by the state of Ohio to screen state employees, childcare workers, emergency response personnel and gun owners is massively flawed and has cleared thousands of people with criminal records.

This could, for example, allow convicted felons to obtain handgun permits.

Attorney General Mike DeWine is being tasked with finding a way to upgrade or replace the decades-old system. Any fingerprint-based check will be notably less effective than a name-based court search. While fingerprints can take weeks to process, and therefore allow perpetrators of recent crimes to clear a check, court dockets are updated daily with new information and there have been many incidents where a recent case has been a disqualifying factor.