As experts in mental health law and policy, we believe the best way to keep guns away from those who shouldn’t have access to them – including some people with serious mental illness – is to require a background check for every gun purchase, regardless of where it takes place. That’s why we fully supported the Manchin-Toomey legislation when it came up for a vote, and we hope those who opposed it in April will seriously reconsider their position when it’s reintroduced in the coming months.

Paul S. Appelbaum, Richard J. Bonnie & Jeffrey W. Swanson, Don’t Arm People in a Mental Health Crisis, The Hill (June 13, 2013).