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      RI Assembly to mull mental records and gun checks

      A state task force says Rhode Island should join most other states in providing some mental health records to the national firearm background check system.
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      The task force was created by lawmakers following the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., to examine why Rhode Island doesn't report any mental health records to the system.
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      The panel wrapped up its work Tuesday, approving a report to the General Assembly that recommends allowing courts to submit information to the background check system only when a person is involuntarily committed and determined to pose a substantial risk of violence.
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      Task force members say they want to keep firearms away from violent, mentally ill people while protecting medical privacy and 2nd Amendment rights.
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      The proposal now goes to lawmakers.
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