Idaho mental health records added to FBI gun check

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho added mental health records to a national Federal Bureau of Investigations database, making it easier for background checks to discover if would-be gun owners have a history of mental illness.

The Twin Falls Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1jz8pHn) gun store customers are asked to complete a form revealing their legal status, criminal history and whether they have been committed to an institution for health reasons or found mentally unfit by a court.

The answers are then compared against the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Until last year, Idaho was one of 17 states that submitted only a fraction of records, making it difficult to know whether people were telling the truth about mental problems.

Now, Idaho State Police say they're keeping the FBI up-to-date on those records.

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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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