Senate Weighs Mental Health Background Checks for Guns
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, lawmakers and gun-rights activists expressed growing support for the inclusion of mental health records in background checks. Wayne LaPierre -- CEO of the National Rifle Association -- called for an examination into laws that "needlessly prevent mental health records from being included in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System." Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also said they support including mental health records in background checks.
- "Giffords Tells Senate Panel: 'You Must Act' on Guns" (Hughes, Wall Street Journal, 1/30).
- "Updates on the Senate Hearing on Gun Violence" (Preston, "The Lede," New York Times, 1/30).