PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) - A coalition of mayors across the country want states to do a better job submitting mental health records to the FBI’s database for gun background checks.
Submitting records is voluntary for state, but Mayors Against Illegal Guns finds some are more compliant than others.
Last year 21 states submitted fewer than 100 records. Utah submitted just 118 mental health records, but the report finds, for Utah to join the best-performing states it needed to submit 23,000 more.
That may mean the one million background checks performed in Utah last year… were done on an incomplete database.
Park City’s mayor, Dana Williams, who is part of the coalition, wants to see a reporting law passed in the legislature requiring courts to do a better job submitting mental health records to the FBI.
“I would love to see that happen,” he said. “I won’t hold out much hope for that to happen because I think there is such concern that this is trampling on the second amendment.”
The database flaws do not appear to be a factor in the Connecticut shooting, but they have been linked to other attacks such as Virginia Tech where the shooter had been declared mentally ill, but that information didn’t get passed on to the FBI.