At the end of the below NBC29 story on yesterday's meeting that Joe Biden held on gun control at VCU, they reference Biden's comment regarding how important background checks are because of the Virginia Tech shooter. Biden said he should not have been able to get a firearm. Problem is, the shooter did undergo background checks before purchasing his firearms. It was a breakdown in the court system, not the lack of a background check that allowed the shooter to get the firearms he used in the attack.
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Since then, the law has changed at both the state and federal level to enhance the mental health information reported to the National Instant Background Check System (NICS). Virginia, by-the-way, leads the nation in reporting mental health information to the NICS.