“The first proposed regulation, from the Department of Justice, aims to clarify who is prohibited under federal law from possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health. That change includes clarifying the term "committed to a mental institution" to include involuntary inpatient as well as outpatient commitments, the White House said. The second proposed action, brought by the Department of Health and Human Services, lifts certain privacy provisions preventing states from forwarding relevant information to the background check system.”
And after all the fancy words this “The change could give medical entities covered by federal health privacy law permission to disclose "limited information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands", the White House said. “The proposed rule will not change the fact that seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm," the White House said.”
To give President Obama his due, he tried implementing a raft of measures to tighten gun control following the Sandy Hook massacre but the republican led Congress kicked them all into touch. Their aim it seems is to undermine the President, pay lip service to those who fund them and not serve the people.
As most people now accept, if the murder of 20 children and six staff in a school could not convince Congress gun laws needed changing what will?
"Passing common-sense gun safety legislation - including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime - remains the most important step we can take to reduce gun violence," the White House statement concluded.
Opinion: Singling out the mentally ill could lead to a witch-hunt, may offer some protection but ultimately will not prevent further deaths in the USA. It could obviously prevent further gun deaths where the perpetrator is known to have mental illness but I am tempted, after more than one year, to conclude “Big Deal”.
Didn't Adama Lanza, the Sandy Hook killer, use his mother's weapons?
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