June 15th, 2007
On June 13th, the US House passed a bill to provide more funding and incentives to states to report people to the National Instant Background Check System. NAMI supports the goal of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals; however, the bill does nothing to correct the vague and stigmatizing language around mental illness that makes it unclear who should be included in the background check system. Moreover, there is no time limit on how long someone stays in the system after an involuntary commitment. Finally, there need to be clearer protections to keep private the medical records of people with mental illness. For more information on the bill, click here.
Please contact your Senators and urge them to correct the oversights in the House bill! The Senate needs to make sure that there are clear guidelines, based on science, about who should be included in the background check system; that there are limits on how long someone is included in the system after an involuntary commitment; and that the private medical records of people with mental illness are protected. It is important for all people with serious mental illness that our leaders know that mental illness is not a proxy for violence!
Contact your Senators using NAMI's Legislative Action Center.
For a summary of HR 2640, the “NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007”, click here.
To read the full text of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, click here.
To read Ron Honberg’s testimony on the gun reporting legislation, click here.
To read the Coalition for Mental Health Reform’s letter on the bill, click here.
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