national instant criminal background check system 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 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 To NICS or Not to NICS? Mental Health, Guns, and Background Checks http://ripr.org/post/nics-or-not-nics-mental-health-guns-and-background-checks <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="">Here's one piece of</span></font> legislation proposed by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin today as part of a package of gun safety bills:</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:51:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13295 at http://ripr.org