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Can dangerous people buy guns in your state?
Every day, 33 Americans are murdered with guns. Too often, the people pulling the triggers were able to buy firearms because of the gaps in our broken background check system. After the horrific shooting in Newtown, CT, President Obama committed himself to delivering a set of concrete proposals to address the epidemic of gun violence in America. Requiring a criminal background check for every gun sale should be part of that plan.
But for background checks to be effective, states need to submit hundreds of thousands of missing records to the national background check databases. Every missing record is another tragedy waiting to happen.
See where your state stands, and Demand Action to end gun violence from Congress and your governor.
Mental Health Records Submitted
Mental Health Record Submissions Needed to Join Best-Performing States
Why does this matter?
gun background checks were conducted in Connecticut in 2012 using this incomplete database, which fails to block gun sales to the hundreds of thousands of prohibited purchasers whose mental health records are not in the system.