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White House releases report on how to spur smart-gun tech

Lucas Mearian | May 2, 2016
A proposed rule will help ensure appropriate information is reported about individuals prohibited from buying a gun for mental health reasons

This is just the first step in the rule-making process. Once the rule publishes in the Federal Register, the public will have 60 days to comment on the proposal to ensure that the SSA can incorporate feedback from a broad range of stakeholders before finalizing the rule.

Next month, the White House will host a 50-state Gun Violence Prevention convention that will bring together state and local elected officials -- including governors, attorneys general, state legislators, and city and county officials -- who have been leaders in the fight to prevent gun-related deaths.

The agenda will focus on state and local efforts to prevent gun violence through legislative and executive actions, including those focused on reducing gun violence in domestic abuse incidents and furthering research and development of smart-gun technologies.

Convention participants will also have an opportunity to discuss ways states can improve their reporting to the background check system, particularly in light of new data recently released by the DOJ about the number of records each state has submitted to a key national database.

"The actions the administration takes will help make our communities safer and keep more guns out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them," Jarrett said. "That is just common sense."


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