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Gun Industry Pushes to Tighten Background Checks

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A national trade association for firearms manufacturers and retailers is lobbying Wyoming and other states to submit records of some mental health proceedings to a federal database that allows instant background checks for gun purchasers.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Connecticut, wants Wyoming lawmakers to require state agencies to report all involuntary commitments to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

An association spokesman says the gun industry doesn’t want people prohibited from owning guns to get them.

Federal law bans people who have had involuntarily mental health commitments from owning guns. However, Wyoming and several other states haven’t been submitting that information to the federal system.

Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska and South Dakota passed legislation this year to submit their mental health records to the federal system.

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