POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 6:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 10:27am
Tyler, TX — The White House has addressed the nation about a federal gun control plan.
Reports say, one proposal, giving law enforcement the ability to run a full background check.
If Congress passes the law, should a mental health record be a part of a background check? Preventing a diagnosed person from buying a gun.
KETK spoke to professional who treats mental health patients.
"Making a judgment as to whether or not they're going to use that fire arm to harm somebody requires white of bit of information and it depends on the type of mental illness," says Dr. Wade French, Licensed Therapist.
According to HIPAA's, "Privacy Rule", the law provides federal protection of health information.
French tells KETK, there's patient confidentiality whether not a patient owns a gun.
He says, if a patient is psychotic and are making threats then a report should be made.
"Most people who are depressed and anxious are not going to harm anyone and a lot of these people who have these problem have bought guns, they've inherited guns," says Dr. Wade French, Licensed Therapist.
Dr. French tells KETK, this is a sticky problem when identifying mental illness.
"If you just have a blanket rule...anybody that's ever had a mental illness diagnosis, there's hundreds of mental illness diagnosis and most of these people are functioning very well," says Dr. Wade French, Licensed Therapist.