New FBI data: NH fails to submit records of mentally ill to gun background check system
Some new FBI statistics reveal a potentially dangerous problem in New Hampshire.
The data, just released by Everytown for Gun Safety, shows that the Granite State only submitted two out of the 3.5 million records of dangerous mentally ill people - prohibited from owning guns - to the National Instant Criminal Background system (NICS) since it was created more than 20 years ago.
According to the report, New Hampshire is one of eight states failing to submit:
* Alaska: 1 record
* Massachusetts: 1 record
New Hampshire: 2 records
* Oklahoma: 26 records
* Rhode Island: 27 records
*Vermont: 24 records
Wyoming: 3 records
The states marked with an asterisk recently passed record reporting legislation to address missing records.
Everytown for Gun Safety says those reports do not represent all of the mentally ill people in these states that shouldn’t be armed.
Additionally, the system - designed to keep you and your family safe - only works if the states submit comprehensive information.
The states with the largest increase in submissions from July 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014 were South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The data was collected after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 where 23-year-old senior Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people on the Virginia Polytechnic Institute campus before killing himself.
Cho had a mental illness, but his records had not been submitted, and he was able to pass a background check as a result.