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Comprehensive Mental Health Background Checks for Gun Buyers Is a No-Brainer -- And Almost Impossible

The White House and New York State want to use more mental health data, but obstacles abound.

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And because it’s complicated it will take a while for New York and federal agencies to improve the process of integrating mental health records into gun background checks.

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's retirement crisis, the low-wage economy, democracy and voting rights, and campaigns and elections. He is the author of "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting" (AlterNet Books, 2008).

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