firearms http://ripr.org en Task Force: Send Limited Mental Health Records To Gun Database http://ripr.org/post/task-force-send-limited-mental-health-records-gun-database <p>A state task force is calling for a change in Rhode Island law, saying the state should contribute mental health records to a national background check database called NICS. The firearms safety task force says Rhode Island should provide records only in limited cases in which a person is involuntarily committed by the courts and poses a significant risk of violence.</p><p>Records would not be submitted for people determined to pose only a low risk of violence. And the task force says the state should avoid providing any specific information about a patient's diagnosis.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:58:18 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 29683 at http://ripr.org Task Force Hears Public on Guns, Mental Health http://ripr.org/post/task-force-hears-public-guns-mental-health <p>A joint task force is hearing public testimony this afternoon on Rhode Island's compliance - or lack there-of- with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That's one of three national databases gun sellers are supposed to check before they sell you a gun, and it's the one that contains records of involuntary commitment, substance abuse, and other mental health data. The other databases contain criminal records. Rhode Island does not submit mental health records to NICS, and it's trying to figure out whether it can and should.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:19:59 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25176 at http://ripr.org Assembly OKs Guns & Mental Health Task Force http://ripr.org/post/assembly-oks-guns-mental-health-task-force <p>Is Rhode Island taking steps to join NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System? Perhaps. The General Assembly has passed legislation authorizing the creation of a 20-member task force to explore the "intersection of behavioral health and firearm safety." Here's what it means.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 18:40:42 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17792 at http://ripr.org Assembly OKs Guns & Mental Health Task Force Preventing Gun Violence in Spotlight Nationally, But in RI? http://ripr.org/post/preventing-gun-violence-spotlight-nationally-ri <p>As far as I can tell from the Rhode Island General Assembly's online legislation tracker, not a single bill dealing with reducing firearm violence has made it out of committee. Most have been recommended "held for further study," a kind of legislative purgatory, although some bills could be revived at the last minute.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:05:25 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16472 at http://ripr.org Preventing Gun Violence in Spotlight Nationally, But in RI? Do Rhode Island State College Police Need Guns? http://ripr.org/post/do-rhode-island-state-college-police-need-guns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that would allow Rhode Island State College Police to carry guns.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:15:17 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 14074 at http://ripr.org Do Rhode Island State College Police Need Guns? AG Kilmartin on Gun Background Checks, New Legislation http://ripr.org/post/ag-kilmartin-gun-background-checks-new-legislation <p>There’s a lot of talk on Smith Hill this week about guns, including several new bills that aim to tighten gun ownership and possession laws. We sat down with Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to learn more about how his office is contributing to the gun conversation. One major issue is Rhode Island’s participation in the national gun background check databases.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11064 at http://ripr.org AG Kilmartin on Gun Background Checks, New Legislation