Oklahoma continues to rank among the worst-performing states when it comes to submitting mental health records of people with dangerous mental illness to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, says a new study reported by the Tulsa World. Oklahoma has submitted 51 mental health records, making it one of six states to have submitted fewer than 100 such records since the NICS was established more than 20 years ago. Other states with fewer than 100 submissions are Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wyoming.
Oklahoma recently passed legislation addressing the issue. Nationwide, states have submitted more than 2 million records since the 2012 elementary school killings in Newtown, Ct., according to Everytown for Gun Safety's analysis of FBI data. “The evidence is clear that as states submit their mental health records, background checks become more effective at keeping guns out of dangerous hands,” said Ted Alcorn, the organization’s research director.