Last Wednesday, keeping guns out of the hands of people like James Holmes, Jared Lee Loughner, Seung Hui Cho and Adam Lanza took a back seat to the political survival of a bunch of suits who cannot be moved by death, grief, the will of the people or even common sense.
Currently, background-check records must be destroyed within 24 hours, preventing that data from being used for other purposes. But the Reid bill and Toomey-Manchin make exceptions for private transfers, and the latter also eliminates standard privacy protections for mental-health records used in the background check system.
DAVID B. RIVKIN JR. and ANDREW M. GROSSMAN
, April 16, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting in the state, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the massacre that left 20 children and six educators dead.
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