Lawsuit Alleges Ohio BCI Criminal Background Check System is Insufficient


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--In a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, the city of Columbus is taking legal action against the state of Ohio, over the deficiencies in the state's criminal background check system.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says it's specifically against the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. According to the lawsuit, the state's system does not do enough to prevent criminals with felony records from obtaining a firearm.

Klein cited a survey of the system from 2018, where only about 60% of the state's courts filed the proper information into the state's system, which is used when applicants in Ohio file for a CCW permit, or a job in a dangerous field.

The lawsuit alleges that the Superintendent of the Ohio BCI is deficient in performing his duties in keeping up with the system.

The city of Dayton and Everytown Law are also part of the lawsuit.