When we last discussed mental health in relation to gun background checks, we talked about the Fix Gun Checks Act, proposed by the Senate a month ago. If passed, the bill requires all states to report mental health history to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Presently, not all states report this information,…

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Proposed by the Senate, the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 provides better definition of those who are “mentally defective,” specifies background check policies for dealers, and introduces reporting laws for states. A response to the recent Tucson shooting, the Fix Gun Checks Act essentially introduces stricter standards for obtaining a firearm. The full bill…

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