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Obama Administration Proposes Executive Actions on Gun Background Checks

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FOX News-- Vice President Joe Biden's office announced two executive action proposals which would make it easier for states to provide mental health information to the national background check system as it pertains to gun control. 

One would formally give states permission to submit "limited information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands," without having to worry about the privacy provisions in a law known as HIPAA. 

Despite the permission, those seeking help for mental health issues or in-treatment would not be legally prohibited from having a gun. General mental health visits or routine mental health care would not be required to be reported.

The second proposal would clarify that those who are involuntarily committed to a mental health institution be counted under law as "committed to a mental institution."

The administration believes the changes would help individual states understand what information to provide to the background check system and who is barred from owning a gun. 
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