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Mental Health Records Sent to FBI for Gun Checks

Posted at: 01/20/2013 2:41 PM

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Idaho officials say that by the end of the year they expect to submit most if not all mental health records generated in state courts to federal authorities for backgrounds checks required to buy a gun.

The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/13TzMB8) that Idaho State Police recently began sending to the FBI the records of people adjudicated in 2012 to be mentally unfit to own guns. Starting in 2009, states were required to submit such records.

But Idaho didn't approve the ISP's Bureau of Criminal Identification sending eligibility information until 2010. Dawn Peck of the Idaho State Police says the information is sent to the FBI's National Instant Background Check System.

Gun dealers use the system as a quick check on whether a prospective buyer is barred from gun ownership.

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