Nearly two months have passed since Gov. John Kasich proposed a half-dozen sensible measures to curb gun violence. His fellow Republicans at the Statehouse would do well to move quickly on the proposals, which reflect a consensus among former legislative leaders. Unfortunately, the Republican majorities have opted for slow motion, signaling, again, the influence of the gun lobby on their thinking.

On Monday, the governor chose to push things forward on his own. He signed an executive order designed to improve the system for background checks, a key element in preventing the sale of guns to felons and others who should not have them.

The order revives a working group involving the Office of Criminal Justice Services, the Ohio Supreme Court and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. It assigns the task of assessing how the system performs, identifying problems and ways to ensure that information about, say, mental illness or a sentencing for domestic violence is current and available at the time of purchase.

The governor proposed something along these lines in March. He did so for good reason. Evaluations by the Columbus Dispatch, WBNS-TV in Columbus and the Cincinnati Enquirer have found that many courts across the state have not processed the needed information in a timely fashion.

They have gone weeks, months, even a year or more without adding new data.

Current law calls for weekly updating by local court clerks. They have the job of sending the relevant information to federal and state databases that serve as the foundation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. If courts fall behind, the odds increase of a gun buyer slipping through the cracks, a disqualifying factor failing to surface, the sale going ahead.

As the governor reminded, there have been mass shootings that may have been prevented if the information was available. In Sutherland Springs, Texas, 27 died (including the shooter). In Charleston, S.C., the death toll was 9. At Virginia Tech, 33 died (including the shooter). That’s 69 dead, and in each instance, better reporting would have prevented the sale.

To be sure, the killer may have gained weapons in another way. The idea is, the background check serves as a deterrent, an obstacle in the path of someone headed for a tragic result, including those who seek to commit suicide, two-thirds of the roughly 30,000 gun deaths annually in the country.

Ohio has begun to enhance its system, investing $25 million in new technology, due to start operating in 2020. Neither that sum nor the governor’s executive order will solve the entire background check problem, notably, the gun sales not covered. The governor’s step does stem from a basic understanding. The public is safer if guns are kept away from those who pose a risk to themselves and others. That cannot be accomplished by any measure without updated and accurate information.

Now if the governor would just get some help on his gun violence proposals from the Republican majorities in the legislature.