On anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting, law to close loophole hasn't accomplished much

By Gordon Witkin

Federal law designed to improve access to mental health records has proved disappointing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Instant Criminal Background Check System":

"… ple who’d been judged mentally ill from buying firearms. Trouble is, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) established by the Brady Law hadn’t included thousands of relevan …"

Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… r’s note, September 19, 2013: The tragic shootings this week at the Washington Navy Yard have rekindled debate over what more might be done to keep firea …"

"… on the records that it does have. The NICS headquarters, four hours from Washington on a West Virginia hill top, has the look and feel of a finely honed retai …"

"… lth has created a major new stumbling block. The Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based gun control group, charged that the measure showed how the legislati …"

"… Kristen Mahoney, president of the National Criminal Justice Association, a Washington-based nonprofit advocacy group of state and local law enforcement official …"