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Wisconsin lags in sharing mental health records with feds

6:43 PM, Apr. 14, 2013
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Wisconsin has made substantial gains in submitting mental health records to a national database used for background checks on gun purchases.

But the Badger State still lags far behind the top-performing states in sharing those records with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS), according to a study by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The push to prevent mentally ill people from buying handguns followed the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Through December 2012, Wisconsin had submitted 10,871 mental health records to the NCIS, according to the ...

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