Background checks on guns flawed, officials say

  • Article by: PAUL McENROE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 23, 2013 - 10:00 PM

Top law enforcement officials tell legislators to fix mental health loopholes. A coalition of top law enforcement officials want legislative help to keep the mentally ill out of prisons and guns out of the hands of people already disqualified from owning them.

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localsportzJan. 23, 13 1:14 PM

With all of the HIPPA laws securing health data how are they going to suddenly over-ride these security measures and provide mental health care data to the police?

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localsportzJan. 23, 13 1:16 PM

So how do you screen out mentally ill people that have never been diagnosed and are "flying under the radar".

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notsidJan. 23, 13 1:22 PM

Seems like the good sheriff has a valid point here.

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theagonybhoJan. 23, 13 1:37 PM

This is exactly what should come out of all this, more extensive background checks, now comes the difficult part of sharing mental health data.

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ranger78Jan. 23, 13 1:53 PM

So it's really a function of enforcing the current laws and not a need for new laws. Enforce the laws we have before you add more, which may or may not be followed.

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owatonnabillJan. 23, 13 1:57 PM

So this supposed group wants the legislature to pass MORE laws so that persons currently breaking laws won't break them any more? Or will they just be giving them MORE laws to break so the penalty will be even greater when they DO break the new as well as the old laws? This is all so confusing...

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moron100Jan. 23, 13 1:59 PM

The police have no reason to know about your health condition. That is not pursuent to what they need to do their job. As stated by someone else HIPAA prevents any of this happening. Lets see the DNR, Mpls and cops have access to your records now. Just wait till they can see your health records. Dont we pay the state a lot now to do work like communicating to each other now. Why dont they start doing this now like they are supposed to do.

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moron100Jan. 23, 13 2:00 PM

The ACLU will have a fit if they try to commit people easier. Just like they did before. That is why the law changed back in the 70's i think.

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matteotorgyJan. 23, 13 2:02 PM

I'd also like to add that I chose the Glock 19 for personal carry and home defense because of the fact that it was designed to accomodate a 15-round magazine. I'm not paranoid, but I can't ignore statistics showing that 20% of all Twin Cities homes will be the target of a home invasion robbery or burglary, and in many cases involving multiple perpetrators. To impose a so-called "high capacity magaine ban" wouldn't limit crime. It would simply create a tactical disadvantage for the people who will comply with such a ban (law-abiding citizens). So, be reasonable and realistic lawmakers. Fix the background check process. But don't take away my semi-automatic gun and its 15-round magazine. I'm not the problem. I'm a good guy who is willing to die to protect your kids from harm. Having said that, I represent 99.9% of gun owners.

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ruphinaJan. 23, 13 2:04 PM

Most of the reforms they are talking about are mental health issues related to the system and its lack of effeciency, and the gun issue is a sidebar to those problems. s far as the "courts" wanting a piece of legislation, I would suggest that they resign their judge position and run for the legislature. Finally, along with all of this talk about getting tough on background checks, we also need to put in language that allows anyone denied a permit be given a full accounting of their entire background check AND a clear, precise and streamlined way to appeal the denial and any finding in that background check. Bill G.

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