Administration May Change Law To Encourage Gun Database Participation
PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.July 10, 2013
Chicago Tribune reports on concerns by mental health advocates that those who’ve received treatments for their illnesses could be put at risk by a White House push to expand a gun-buyer database. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System helps gun dealers tell if a potential purchaser has been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital or found to have had serious mental illnesses by courts, the report states. But many states don’t participate, so the Obama administration is looking at changing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act "to remove one potential barrier," the report states. Some advocates say a privacy rule change could scare people away from seeking the treatment they need.