Gun legislation: Claire Levy's bill would enact real-time data transfer of mental-health records


"It's a matter of public safety," Levy says of immediate data transfer. "I was surprised that wasn't happening already."

Levy doesn't want to unfairly stigmatize mental illness in the context of the gun-control debate. And she doesn't think her bill does, since those impacted by it include people directly adjudicated by the courts who have been involuntarily committed.

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Claire Levy at the Capitol
"There has been a determination that they are a danger to themselves or others," she says.

Thus, the bill doesn't get into questions of therapist-patient privilege or the duty of a mental-health professional to report suspicious comments or behavior of a client that could impact their access to guns.

A CBI spokeswoman says preliminary estimates show the proposal would cost approximately $100,000.

Levy adds, "The law already says you can't get a gun if you have a mental health commitment. This is just making sure the data is there to enforce this provision."

Here's a fact sheet from the Colorado Department of Human Services on the proposed changes.

Real-Time Data Transfer

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Should the Mentally Defective be allowed to Possess Firearms?


RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

How about just requiring gun buyers to undergo a psychological evaluation as part of the background check process?

You know, weed out the violence-prone, the gun fetishists, etc. Not to mention keeping the patient records of non-gun-owners private.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@RustyShackleford We should do the same thing with people's mouths and any form of communication, since these rights can be attenuated, and are dangerous.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RustyShackleford...You know, weed out the violence-prone, the gun fetishists, etc


So disarm the entire Police force ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @RustyShackleford 

George aWol Bu$h's "free speech protest zones" ...

... a cowardly scared ignorant populace will willingly suffer any insult to their own self-interest. e.g. The (un)Patriot Act

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