Feds Enlisting States in Program to Restrict Gun Sales


According to Stateline.org, federal officials are trying to get states to join a federal program designed to keep the mentally ill from buying firearms. Only 22 states now provide records of people who have mental health histories that would disqualify them from purchasing guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), an FBI database designed to identify potentially dangerous buyers.

The database, set up by Congress as part of the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, essentially serves as a registry of those prohibited from buying guns for various reasons. In the case of the mentally ill, the law bans sales to those “who have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have been committed to a mental institution.”

Link: http://www.stateline.org/live/details/story?contentId=222434

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