Obama Proposes ‘Executive Actions’ On Gun Background Checks; Veterans Seeking Mental Health...

Obama Proposes ‘Executive Actions’ On Gun Background Checks; Veterans Seeking Mental Health Treatment to Lose Second Amendment Rights…

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The Obama administration on Friday proposed two new executive actions to make it easier for states to provide mental health information to the national background check system, wading back into the gun control debate after a months-long hiatus.

Vice President Biden’s office announced the proposals Friday afternoon. Both pertain to the ability of states to provide information about the mentally ill and those seeking mental health treatment to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

One proposal would formally give permission to states to submit “the limited information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands,” without having to worry about the privacy provisions in a law known as HIPAA.

“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 statement said. “Furthermore, nothing in the proposed rule would require reporting on general mental health visits or other routine mental health care, or would exempt providers solely performing these treatment services from existing privacy rules.”

The other proposal would clarify that those who are involuntarily committed to a mental institution — both inpatient and outpatient — count under the law as “committed to a mental institution.” According to the administration, this change will help clarify for states what information to provide to the background check system.

In the statement, President Obama and Biden also renewed their call for Congress to pass “common-sense gun safety legislation” — including by expanding the background check system and making gun trafficking a federal crime.

The administration made a robust effort to pass gun control legislation after the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., but the bills, which included new bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, failed to gain enough support in Congress.

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  1. 2nd Amendment's purpose was to enable the Citizens the ability to protect themselves from a Gov't. run amok or to install a new gov't. when the Gov't. in control was failing.

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