Every federally licensed firearms retailer (FFL) is required by law to run a background check through NICS before transferring a firearm to an individual, whether the transaction is happening in a store, at a gun show, or online. While the merits of of background checks can be debated, so long as the system is in place, most believe it should include the records that disqualify individuals from buying a firearm—criminal and mental health records that prohibit an individual from owning a firearm. Here’s why is the National Shooting Sports Foundation spearheading FixNICS.
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Mental health information collected by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being transferred to the FBI so that patients can be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) list of individuals restricted from owning or possessing guns. Do you think this VA policy breaches doctor-patient confidentiality, or is the agency compelled by law to report veterans to the NICS system?