RI panel: add mental health records to gun checks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new report says Rhode Island should begin submitting a limited amount of mental health records to the national firearm background check system.

The report comes from a task force set up by lawmakers to examine why the state currently doesn't report any of its mental health records to the system.

The group's report, which was completed Thursday, recommends that the state allow courts to submit information to the background system when a person is involuntarily committed and determined to pose a substantial risk of violence.

Members of the task force say they want to balance public safety and medical privacy by trying to ensure that violent, mentally ill people can't get access to guns while protecting the rights of those who voluntarily seek help and who aren't a threat.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.