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Aug 2, 2016 2:10 PM

NH attorney general, court spar over mental health records

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire's judicial and executive branches are sparring over whether the state has new authority to send mental health records to the federal gun background checks system.

Federal law bars people who have been court ordered into a mental health institution or deemed "mentally defective" from buying guns. New Hampshire is one of the few states that does not submit those records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Attorney General Joe Foster says a law passed earlier this year allows the state to begin reporting. He's told the court to start sharing mental health records, but Chief Justice Linda Dalianis says the court will not comply because the law is ambiguous.

The AG's office says it's still deciding how to respond. Gov. Maggie Hassan supports sharing the records.

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