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RI Assembly to mull mental records and gun checks

RI Assembly to mull mental records and gun checks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state task force says Rhode Island should join most other states in providing some mental health records to the national firearm background check system.

The task force was created by lawmakers following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., to examine why Rhode Island doesn't report any mental health records to the system.

The panel wrapped up its work Tuesday, approving a report to the General Assembly that recommends allowing courts to submit information to the background check system only when a person is involuntarily committed and determined to pose a substantial risk of violence.

Task force members say they want to keep firearms away from violent, mentally ill people while protecting medical privacy and 2nd Amendment rights.

The proposal now goes to lawmakers.


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