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Gun Control Group: New Jersey Has Submitted Few Records For Background Checks

Guns turned in at a Dallas gun buyback event (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Guns turned in at a Dallas gun buyback event (file/credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group said New Jersey is far behind the curve in submitting mental health records for the purchase of background checks for gun purchases.

Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said as of October, New Jersey had only submitted 17 mental health records to the national database used to check the backgrounds.

State Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt (D-Voorhees) conceded, “Currently right now given the fact it’s not mandatory, New Jersey’s currently very woeful in terms of its submission.”

Lampitt sponsored a bill to require the state to submit the records, a measure passed in the Assembly and now head to the state Senate.

“Here we’re trying to now realize we have more to do in New Jersey,” Lampitt said.

In comparison to New Jersey, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group said New York is one of the top states in submitting mental health records, having sent a total of about 187,000.

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