HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A new report says six states are now alerting the FBI about people whose mental health problems would bar them from owning guns.
The report released Thursday by the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety cites FBI data obtained through public-records requests.
Three of the states – Vermont, Alaska and Oklahoma – passed laws recently and will begin turning over the records of people who are involuntarily committed to mental health institutions.
The data will be used in the FBI’s National Criminal Background Check System, which determines whether a potential gun buyer should be barred for a criminal conviction, mental health problems or other issues.
The advocacy group’s Jonas Oransky says he hopes the renewed attention to background checks after shootings in California and Colorado will prompt Montana, Wyoming and New Hampshire to also pass legislation.
AP writers Ben Neary in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Lynne Tuohy in Concord, New Hampshire; Rachel D’Oro in Anchorage, Alaska; and Ken Miller, in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.
(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)