Rhode Island looking at gun laws, mentally ill

by The Associated Press, Portland Herald Press  |  published on October 4, 2013

Rhode Island Task Force
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island legislative commission began looking at ways Thursday to balance the Second Amendment with a desire to keep guns out of the hands of the severely mentally ill.

The Firearms Safety Task Force was created to review laws and study policies on the use of mental health records in gun background checks. Rhode Island does not share mental health records with the national background check system.

The commission includes lawmakers, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers and gun rights advocates. After the panel’s first meeting Thursday, members said they hope to strike a careful balance between gun rights and public safety.

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