David Frum

04.30.13

Even the Dangerously Mental Ill Can Buy Guns

I linked yesterday to the sad story of a depressive, bipolar Oregon woman who - despite 13 voluntary hospitalizations in 12 months - was nonetheless able to pass the background check, buy a gun, and end her life.

But here's more ominous news. It turns out that even the involuntarily committed find it easy to buy weapons under existing background checks. University of Michigan graduate student Adrianna McIntyre ( @onceuponA)
points out in a blog for Project Millennial that only 12 states fully comply with the rules requiring them to forward to federal authorities the names of the involuntarily committed. The other 38 barely provide any names at all - meaning that their dangerous mentally ill, if and when released, can buy firearms easily.