Sandy Hook Promise Statement on Governor Kasich’s Executive Order to Improve Background Checks

April 23, 2018 – Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement commending Ohio Governor John Kasich for his executive order and commitment to the issue of gun safety. Ensuring that data in our National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is accurate and up-to-date is necessary to enforce our existing background checks laws and keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves or others. By issuing this Executive Order, Governor Kasich has taken an important step to promote public safety.

“Gun violence is preventable and we have real steps that all of our states can take now to keep our communities safe. We thank Governor Kasich for taking this action to improve reporting in the NICS database to ensure strong enforcement of our gun safety laws and stop tragedies before they happen. We look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and Ohio’s leaders to pass additional commonsense policies that will save lives,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

About Sandy Hook Promise: Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a national, nonprofit organization based in Newtown, Connecticut. We are led by several family members whose loved ones were killed in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and 6 educators. SHP is focused on preventing gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) BEFORE it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals. SHP is a moderate, above-the-politics organization that supports sensible non-policy and policy solutions that protect children and prevent gun violence. Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.