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Senator Wants Better Mental Illness Reporting For Firearm Background Checks
Senator Wants Better Mental Illness Reporting For Firearm Background Checks

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AIR DATE: March 11, 2013

Democratic Senator Justin Jones wants to close background check loopholes in Nevada, including stricter reporting of mental illness for people who want to buy firearms. In an editorial published in the Las Vegas Sun,  Jones announced he will introduce legislation that would improve colloboration between law enforcement and mental health professionals and ensure a background check is performed for every gun sale. We'll talk with Sen. Jones about his bill. 

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State Sen. Justin Jones, Democrat, District 9

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    March 4th Justin Jones penned a piece about his proposed legislation. However, Mr. Jones demonstrates why this legislation does not deal effectively with these issues and will not work. He says someone who was committed was not put into the database. He contradicts himself later, "But because he was never involuntarily committed to a hospital for psychiatric treatment by a court, his name was never entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System." Most stays in mental hospitals are not commitments. If the standard is anything but adjudication (of some sort), then how can it do anything but stigmatize mentally ill people? If the requirement is some sort of determination after contact with mental health system, then why not make that contact for treatment? Mr. Jones proposal does not say anything about treatment. Why conflate the issue of mental health with gun violence at all? What happens if a person legally buys a gun and then years later becomes mentally ill? The answer is obviously some type of gun registration or review. But that is toxic to the NRA and the politicians they buy. It is easier to blame it on the mentally ill in our population whether
    ScottMar 5, 2013 15:43:34 PM
    While turning away a few nuts at a gun store background check might dissuade them from buying guns elsewhere, criminals certainly will continue to buy whatever and wherever illegally. So, in that sense, universal background checks will have no effect on crime. They will, of course, act as a de facto gun registration on law abiding citizens, which I believe is an unconstitutional act. And don't forget that the state will also make a load of money on them ($25 per check, when the FBI would otherwise do it for free!). Overall, a bad deal for all.
    Tim HuntMar 4, 2013 20:53:30 PM
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