Gun background checks should include more access to mental health records, Mark Kelly says

WASHINGTON - Gun control activist and former astronaut Mark Kelly is pushing for better access to mental health records in background checks.

Kelly says that including further mental health access in the gun background check bill under discussion in the Senate could prevent psychologically disturbed people from obtaining guns.

Kelly, a former astronaut and husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said Sunday that the suspect accused of severely wounding his wife could not have bought the guns he wielded if a background check had exposed his mental problems.

The suspect, Jared Loughner, is accused of shooting Giffords and killing six people in Phoenix in January 2011. Case records released last week showed Loughner passed a background check despite evidence of his agitated mental state.

Kelly pressed for the proposed background check law in an interview on Fox News Sunday.

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