Rep. Morgan: RI should include mental health in gun background check

Dec 28, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI - State representative Patricia Morgan is calling on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to step up efforts to restrict gun ownership by people with mental illness.

A recent report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns found that Rhode Island had not submitted any mental health records to a federal registry for gun background checks. That’s despite federal regulations requiring states to submit such records on anyone who should be prohibited from owning a gun. State representative Patricia Morgan says officials don’t need to reinvent the wheel in order to comply.

“I think we need to go back and look at the laws that are already on the books and make sure that we’re following those first before we start legislating more and more rules and regulations for people to follow," said Morgan.

The representative from West Warwick says that, given the recent shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the Attorney General should speed up state efforts to submit mental health records. A spokeswoman for Kilmartin’s office says state police will be heading up that effort.