A panel created by Rhode Island lawmakers is studying Connecticut as it reviews ways to use mental health records in firearm background checks.
       Rhode Island currently doesn't provide mental health records to the national firearm background check system.
       On Thursday, the task force heard from members of the Connecticut State Police.
       Like most states, Connecticut does provide the records, but a person's private mental health history is withheld. Authorities see that the person isn't allowed to have a firearms permit, but not the specific reason.
       Rhode Island Lawmakers say they want to find ways to keep guns away from dangerous, mentally unstable individuals without violating the rights of people with more common mental illnesses.
       The commission hopes to report its findings to the General Assembly within a few months.