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The Gun Control Act of 1968, approved by Congress in the wake of the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, barred sale of guns to anyone adjudicated as mentally ill. The Brady Act of 1993 embedded the mental illness disqualification into the newly established background check system for anyone purchasing a new firearm.
report last summer concluded that although state mental health record submissions to NICS had gone up 800 percent between 2004 and 2011, the increase was attributable to just 12 states that had contributed more than 10,000 records each. California submitted the most, 279,589.
Originally posted by F4guy
reply to post by Logarock
There was no failure to enforce. The disqualifier is an adjudication of mental illness. None of the gunmen listed had been adjudicated, so your title is a lie.
The mentally ill can still buy guns with alarming ease because nearly 90% of U.S. states don’t forward all mental health records to a national database that is used to run background checks on piece purchasers.
It showed that 23 states submitted fewer than 100 mental health histories to the National Instant Criminal Background Check. The database has blocked more than 1.6 million gun-permit applications and sales to felons since it was created in 1999.
So even though a judge had found Virginia Tech shooter Seung Hui Cho to be mentally ill two years before his 2007 rampage, that information never made it into the database, the report shows.
Cho was able to pass several background checks to buy the guns he used to kill 32 people and then end his life.