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Gun background-check database missing vital information

from McClatchy Newspapers

Even as lawmakers look for ways to curb gun violence, the federal government and various states haven't sent millions of mental-health and drug abuse records to the database that's designed to keep firearms from people who are barred from owning them, according to recent studies. A host of logistical problems — including concerns about violating privacy, misunderstandings about which records should be submitted and a lack of money and training — has left the National Instant Criminal Background Check System without the information that's necessary to prevent guns from ending up in dangerous hands. more


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