The national gun check system can't be trusted

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The June 3 editorial "Gun and Threats" accuses the National Rifle Association of opposing a number of measures "and undermining the security interests of the nation." While I understand that newspaper readership is decreasing, I would think that the editors would at least read the front page of their own paper.

On the front page of the Jan. 19 Post-Gazette, it was reported that the Pennsylvania State Police turned over 643,167 mental health records to the FBI, which runs the National Instant Check System. According to the article, "The records represent people who are prohibited from buying guns because of involuntary mental health commitments." Does the Post-Gazette truly want the public to trust in an NICS system that until January had not included 643,167 records? Remember, these records only reflect Pennsylvania. Other states have failed or refused to send records.

The NRA has consistently supported strengthening the NICS system so that it can be relied on. The current system cannot be relied on to provide accurate and timely information regarding individuals who are barred from owning or possessing a firearm. Encouraging the public to rely on a system that the Post-Gazette's reporters have found to be is inadequate is hypocritical at best.

TIMOTHY PAWOL
Scott


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