Obama taking action on gun background check system

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Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 19 at 3:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that he's been blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions his administration can take on its own.

The Health and Human Services Department is starting a process aimed at stopping gun sales to people barred for mental health reasons.

Federal law prohibits certain mentally ill people from buying guns, but not all states are providing mental health data to the FBI's background check system.

A federal review last year found 17 states contributed fewer than 10 mental health records to the database. That means many deemed by a judge to be a danger still could buy a gun.

Some states say they are not reporting the information because of health privacy laws. Obama wants to remove barriers in the law.

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