- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

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

The panel announced its recommendation Thursday. It was created by the General Assembly to examine why the state currently doesn’t report any of its mental health records to the system.

The task force 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 keep firearms away from violent, mentally ill people while protecting the rights of individuals who voluntarily seek help and who aren’t a threat.

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