Idaho sends mental health files to FBI for gun background checks

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 background checks required to buy a gun.

Idaho State Police recently began sending to the FBI the records of people adjudicated in 2012 to be mentally unfit to own firearms.  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.

The FBI has conducted more than 160 million background checks since the system started in 1998. Those checks led to 987,500 gun buyers being rejected. Of those, 10,180 were rejected because of mental health reasons.  (AP)

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