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  •  Not really practiable (4+ / 0-)

    it is not really practicable to ask everyone seeking to buy a gun to get a psychiatric consult.  It would be hugely expensive and time-consuming.

    And then there is the problem of false-positives/false-negatives in the diagnosis of mental disorders.  Errors either way may be deadly.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 01:28:02 PM PST

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    •  Emergency department MHSA visits (0+ / 0-)

      alone amount to some 11 million in 2007, or the same number of NICS checks (PDF) in the same year.  And while we can't assume the cost of an as of yet undesigned scheme would be negligible, there's no reason to believe it would be prohibitive.  Especially since a downcheck would require either an appeal for relief or, if it stands, would attach years of prohibition.

      Right now, there is no check for mental wellness prior to purchase absent an adjudication that appears on the record; introducing one can't possibly make things worse.

      •  So you want to violate HIPPA laws? (3+ / 0-)

        Those emergency room visits are confidential for a reason. We would either have to maintain a database of every person who was taken to the ER for mental health reasons (a gross violation of privacy) or include medical records in the background check that are currently performed (another gross violation).

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 03:44:57 PM PST

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        •  Not at all (1+ / 0-)
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          That's not how it works in Japan or any other country that gates firearm purchases with psychiatric evaluations.  The buyer presents documented approval to the seller.  The buyer is in complete control of his medical information.

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