A few years back, I began noticing some bumper stickers on hunter’s trucks, suggesting responsible hunters inform on those less responsible. Then, the AZMVD put out a sticker to get people to call in on their neighbors who failed to have current vehicle registration. Now, the FBI gets into it:
From FBI — Index Brochure
In addition to local, state, tribal, and federal agencies voluntarily contributing information to the NICS Index, the NICS Section receives telephone calls from mental health institutions, psychiatrists, police departments, and family members requesting placement of individuals into the NICS Index. Frequently, these are emergency situations and require immediate attention. Any documentation justifying a valid entry into the NICS Index must be available to the originating agencies.
Obviously there’s a potential for abuse here, and the person is entitled to due process, including a rapid follow-up investigation of the original report. But to say that we don’t have a way to report dangerous and mentally disturbed people to the NICS system appears to be flat out wrong.
But, remember, it’s for the children!