States Vary Greatly in Submitting Mental Records to Gun Background Check System


About 4,000 Indiana residents could not pass a federal background check to buy a gun because of mental illness. In Delaware, a state one-seventh the size of Indiana, a background check would block nearly 19,000 people with mental illness records from getting a gun. In Massachusetts, a state similar in size to Indiana, only one person would be stopped, Gannett News Service reports. As the Senate prepares to take up legislation to include private sales among the types of gun purchases that require a background check, there remains a great variation among states on the submission of mental health records to the federal background-check database. “We have a mental health system in this country that has completely and totally collapsed. We have no national database of these lunatics,” National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre told NBC. “Twenty-three states are still putting only a small number of records into the system, and a lot of states are putting none.”

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