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Gun Background Checks Need Fixes, Experts Say

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One of President Obama’s gun control proposals appears to have widespread support — universal background checks for gun purchases. Some experts on mental health and gun violence find problems with the current laws, and they say the system doesn’t do a very good job of predicting and preventing gun crime. When you enter Kerley’s Hunting and Outfitting in Cupertino, Calif. , you’re greeted by a taxidermy lion roaring and leaping. There are rows of rifles on the walls, but the owner, Harry Dwyer III, doesn’t appear to be as fierce as his mascot. Kerley’s is a neighborhood gun shop that has been around since 1969. To the left of the door is an old, weathered National Rifle Association sign, but there is one thing Dwyer and some gun control advocates agree on — convicted criminals or the mentally ill shouldn’t have easy access to weapons.

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0.0900194 “We run the background check on the buyer and retain the gun for 10 days while that happens,” Dwyer says. …
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Kerley

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0.0243904 “What we found was that only 40 percent of them had a felony conviction in the preceding 10 years,” he says. …
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-0.287137 “People adjudicated as mentally defective is one category, and the second category are people committed to mental institutions — and that’s the terminology that’s used in that law,” says Ron Honberg, …
0.644981 He says “no one really understands what it means.”
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0.0279415 “Mental health records are woefully incomplete,” says Duke …
0.185141 “Mental health records are woefully incomplete,” says Duke professor Philip Cook, who studies gun violence. “There are something like 30 states that do not submit records.”
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Gun Background Checks Need Fixes, Experts Say

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One of President Obama’s gun control proposals appears to have widespread support — universal background checks for gun purchases. Some experts on mental health and gun violence find problems with the current laws, and they say the system doesn’t do a very good job of predicting and preventing gun crime.

~ by vandal3di3go on February 22, 2013.

 
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