- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A panel created by state lawmakers to examine whether Rhode Island should submit mental health records to the national firearms background system is preparing to complete its report.

The committee will meet Thursday evening to review a final draft.

The panel was created by the General Assembly to see if the state can do a better job of ensuring that dangerously mentally ill individuals don’t have access to firearms.

Most states provide mental health records to the federal background check system. But in Rhode Island the state is prohibited by medical privacy laws.

The committee’s report is expected to include recommendations for lawmakers.

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