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State reporting requirements for involuntary holds, court-ordered guardianship, and the national firearm background check system

JAMA Health Forum

2023-11-17
(Press-News.org) About The Study: In this study of state laws, there was substantial heterogeneity in National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reporting requirements for mental health prohibitions for firearm possession and a lack of clarity around processes. This raises questions about the ability of NICS to be used to block firearm purchases or possession by individuals with court-identified high risk of perpetrating violence toward themselves or others. 

Authors: Marian E. Betz, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine in Aurora, is the corresponding author.

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(doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2023.3945)

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