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Obama proposes rules to strengthen gun background check system

The Obama administration today put forward two proposals to strengthen the federal gun background check system so that relevant mental health information is shared more efficiently with the states. In the absence of any hope for congressional action on the issue of gun control, the proposals are for two new executive actions. The first proposal, from the Justice Department, is for more specific regulations clarifying who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law for reasons related to mental health. For instance, the agency would clarify that the statutory term "committed to a mental institution" includes involuntary inpatient as well as outpatient commitments. The rule change comes in response to complaints from states that the terminology used to bar people from purchasing guns for mental health reasons is too ambiguous. The second proposed regulation comes from the Health and Human Services Department in response to state complaints that they can't submit relevant...

Lawmakers pass bill protecting ID of gun owners

It may soon be a crime to publicly identify applicants for concealed handgun permits in Louisiana. A bill making it a misdemeanor to release or publish the names or addresses of permit owners received final passage today and now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The House approved the measure 91-2 on Wednesday, while the Senate voted 34-2 in favor on the last day of the legislative session. Violations will carry a $10,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, says the proposal came in response to an online map produced by a New York newspaper shortly after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that included a list of gun owners and their addresses. He said publishing such information would make the gun owners targets. Critics of the measure argued that the law violates First Amendment protections governing freedom of the press and prohibiting prior restraint on publishing factual information. The bill was amended to provide for the release of a permit...