The New York Times: Under Gun Rules, F.B.I. Will Receive Health Data

WASHINGTON — Responding to Republicans who have repeatedly tied gun violence to mental health issues, President Obama’s new gun control plan will allow state agencies and the Social Security Administration to provide certain “protected health information” to the F.B.I. to help crack down on weapons sales to people who pose a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs.
The measure was part of a much broader suite of guidelines and orders to address gun violence that is plaguing the country. And while many psychiatrists and patient advocates have not objected, some groups say the plan raises red flags.