Information on 90 percent of mental health records that could disqualify prospective gun buyers has not been supplied to the FBI database used to screen firearm purchases, says a new study reported by USA Today. The report is from Third Way, a think tank founded by former senior aides to President Clinton to advocate policies for Democrats. Last month, Virginia Tech student Seung Hui Cho – found mentally ill by a judge before buying two handguns – committed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
Twenty-eight states do not provide mental health records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. There were 234,000 mental health records in the system in 2005; Third Way estimates the total should be at least 2.6 million. The report said that a quarter of felony convictions have not been supplied to the database.