Anti-Gun Group Faults MA Over Background Check Sharing


Mayors Against Illegal Guns is faulting Massachusetts for failing to share mental health records on dangerous individuals with a federal database, reports the Associated Press. The group, co-chaired by the outgoing mayors of Boston and New York, Thomas Menino and Michael Bloomberg, said Massachusetts has only submitted one record in the last 20 years to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The database, which is maintained by the FBI, helps gun dealers quickly perform background checks. Earlier this year Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposed requiring courts in the state to send all relevant mental health records to the state's criminal justice information system so the federal government could include this information in the national gun license registry.

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