PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island legislative commission has begun looking at ways to balance the Second Amendment with a desire to keep guns out of the hands of those with severe mental illness.

The Firearms Safety Task Force met for the first time Thursday to review state policies on the use of mental health records in gun background checks. Rhode Island currently does not share mental health records with the federal background check system.

Members say they want to strike a balance between gun rights and public safety without stigmatizing those who struggle with mental illness.

The task force includes lawmakers, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers and gun rights advocates.

The commission is set to report its findings to the General Assembly in January.

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