Expanding background checks could save lives

SUNBURY — A local gun dealer believes background checks could be expanded to enhance public safety.   Matt Geiser, manager of Geiser Guns in Sunbury, said mental health issues are not revealed when people attempt to purchase firearms.

“The mental illness situation is nothing that is checked in a criminal background check.  When we do records checks for firearms sales, we contact state police and they do a criminal background check.  Any kind of mental health records are sealed.  They cannot access that.” He said the gun buyer has the opportunity to be honest about their mental health, but they don’t always choose to.

“Now the form asks you if you’ve ever been committed or had any mental-type issues in your past, but if the person is dishonest and they lie on that form, the state police that run these background checks have no way of knowing.”

Geiser believes providing more information about mental health during firearms record checks could make the world a safer place.  He said many of the shooters we hear about in the news would have been prevented from purchasing a firearm.  Geiser was a guest on WKOK’s On The Mark program Wednesday.  Hear the whole program at WKOK.com.  (Codi Jade)

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