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RI gun safety panel continues work

RI gun safety panel continues work

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A task force looking at the use of mental health records in firearm background checks is continuing its work.

Rhode Island currently does not provide all of its mental health records to the national database used for background checks.

But closing that loophole could inadvertently disqualify people from owning a gun just because they've voluntarily sought mental health treatment.

A task force created by the legislature in the wake of last year's school massacre in Newtown, Conn. is reviewing whether the state should provide more mental health records.

The task force is scheduled to meet Thursday at the Statehouse. It is expected to report its findings to the General Assembly in January.

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