BREAKING: Obama Administration Proposes 2 New Gun Control Executive Orders Today
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As one of the administrations first executive actions of 2014, the Vice President’s office on Friday presented two new proposals for executive actions related to gun control.
Both EO’s would make it easier for states and the federal government to share mental health records with each other in regards to background checks.
It is unclear exactly what records will be shared under these new proposals, but supposedly neither will violate HIPAA, the set of regulations which protect the right to privacy in regards to health records.
According to Fox News,
“The proposed rule will not change the fact that seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm,” the statement said. “Furthermore, nothing in the proposed rule would require reporting on general mental health visits or other routine mental health care, or would exempt providers solely performing these treatment services from existing privacy rules.”
The other proposal would clarify that those who are involuntarily committed to a mental institution — both inpatient and outpatient — count under the law as “committed to a mental institution.” According to the administration, this change will help clarify for states what information to provide to the background check system, as well as who is barred from having guns.
These are the most recent in a series of over 25 executive actions signed by President Obama over the last year in regards to gun control.
Of course, in the same statement, released on the White House website, the administration called on Congress to take up the issue of gun control again,
While the President and the Vice President continue to do everything they can to reduce gun violence, Congress must also act. Passing common-sense gun safety legislation – including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime – remains the most important step we can take to reduce gun violence. The vast majority of Americans support these critical measures, which would protect our children and our communities without infringing on anyone’s Second Amendment rights.