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White House Seeks To Tighten Background Checks To Keep Guns From Those With Mental Illness

The Obama administration is proposing regulatory changes to clarify who is prohibited from owning a gun for mental health reasons and to tighten background checks. In the meantime, lawmakers consider increasing mental health funding after the Sandy Hook massacre.

Bloomberg: Obama Seeks Tighter Mental Health Restrictions On Guns
The Obama administration took steps to tighten gun background checks to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill as the president's broader gun-control proposals remain stalled in Congress (Talev, 1/4).

CQ HealthBeat: More Mental Health Funding After Sandy Hook? Not Yet
Congressional leaders face a decision this month whether it’s time to increase mental health funding in response to the mass shootings more than a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Lawmakers on a bipartisan basis have been urging them to do so (Young, 1/3).

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