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RI panel reviews firearm background check loophole

RI panel reviews firearm background check loophole

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island currently does not provide all of its mental health records to the national database used for firearm background checks.

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

That was the conclusion from a meeting Thursday of a task force reviewing the reasons the state doesn't provide more records to the FBI's background check system.

Lawmakers created the task force to review whether the state should provide more mental health records.

Most states already provide the records.

If Rhode Island decides to join them, task force members say several laws may have to be revised to ensure the state doesn't go too far and punish those who seek mental health treatment but who aren't a danger.

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