Oklahoma police chiefs endorse mental health checks for gun buyers

The Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police announced Monday it would support the inclusion of the Oklahoma’s mental health patient records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database.

By Zeke Campfield | Published: March 18, 2013

A federal database that tracks people prohibited from buying a firearm may soon include the names of Oklahomans with certain mental health issues.

A bill that would require the state’s county court clerks to submit to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System the names of those adjudicated mentally incompetent has passed the House and is awaiting Senate approval.

Monday, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police announced it also would support the inclusion of the state’s mental health records in the federal background check database system.

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