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  •  OTOH - every time Wayne describes his (11+ / 0-)

    world publicly, it does seem like he helps to galvanize the opposition to the world of lawless gun ownership he is pushing.

    •  If only the states would comply with reporting (3+ / 0-)
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      requirements (emphasis is mine):

      the nation’s state-run system of screening gun buyers for mental illness is mostly a mirage—except in a dozen states where governors want the system to work.

      Federal prohibits gun sales to anyone who was declared mentally unfit by a court. In Bill Clinton’s first term, Congress passed a law requiring states to report these mental health records to the FBI. But in 1997, the Supreme Court threw out that requirement, saying states could share whatever information they wanted to—or more likely not share it.

      Fast-forward to 2012, and as the  Wall Street Journal  reported, only 12 states account for the majority of mental health records in the FBI database. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg,  reported that 19 states have each submitted less than 100 mental health records to the FBI database.
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      The GAO also found that 19 states have received “waivers” from the Justice Department to allow some people with court-recorded histories of mental illness to buy guns, “such that the person will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety and that the granting of relief would not be contrary to the public interest.”

      Legislation depends on enforcement in order to be effective. If states refuse to comply, even actively pursuing "waivers" to compliance, then these efforts are destined to fail.

      North Dakota is just one example of how states have failed to implement whatever lax requirements are already in place:

      North Dakota had provided one mental health record to the National Instant Check System, a database used for background checks, and no substance abuse files, according to a report by the advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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      the North Dakota Court Administrator’s Office is responsible for compiling any orders by judges finding a person a danger to self or others because of mental illness.

      The number of such orders is not compiled, although judges throughout the state last year issued 1,460 orders involving mental competency

      I know that ND is one of the most sparsely-populated states and that might partly explain the low numbers. Still, if information is not collected, or is collected but not reported, the system of background checks will fail and criminals and people deemed to be dangerous will continue to fall through the cracks.

      I'm a Democrat - I believe that government has a positive role to play in the lives of ordinary people.

      by 1BQ on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 02:40:56 PM PST

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      •  And making such reporting mandatory for States (0+ / 0-)

        is something that I think every RKBAer would support.

        I certainly would, and I'm one of the most radical members of the group.

        I do have some problem with the substance abuse part... a misdemeanor conviction for possession of pot seems like a pretty thin reed for taking away someone's Cosntitutional rights... but then, I don't think drugs should be illegal.

        But so long as the designation as a prohibited possessor is the product of a judicial proceedng, with rules of evidence and due process, I see no reason why that status should not be reported.

        There should also be a process for the restoration of the right to be armed.

        --Shannon

        "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
        "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

        by Leftie Gunner on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:42:34 PM PST

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