Thursday, February 10, 2011
Have You Checked Alabama? - Exclusive: 2 million mentally ill people missing from national gun check system
The issue of gun control leapt back into the national discourse in the wake of January’s Tucson massacre.
But one of the most shocking gaps in the effort to prevent people prohibited by law from purchasing firearms continues to fly beneath the radar. Records of at least two million dangerously mentally ill individuals whose names should already be in the nation’s criminal background check system remain missing.
Tens of thousands of people's records that would fall into other legally disqualifying categories in the background check system are also missing, with convicted felons high on the list. Yet Raw Story confirmed with experts on gun control that records of those whose mental illness has been legally determined to be a danger to themselves or others far outnumber the unreported information of individuals in other prohibiting categories............
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