Coalition Of Minnesota Sheriff’s Calls For Changes To Gun Background Checks

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

A coalition of Sheriff’s, attorneys, and mental health advocates want changes to ensure treatment for the mentally ill in hopes of reducing the chances they will turn to violence. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson told the Associated Press that  a person who has been deemed mentally ill and dangerous should never be allowed to buy a gun.

The Sheriffs want stronger background checks for gun buyers. They say all felony convictions, mental health court orders and other factors that would disqualify a gun buyer should be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension within 24 hours, and immediately entered into the background check system.

They also want police to have clear access to a person’s court mental health records. And they want the state to address a lack of services for Minnesotans with untreated mental illness.


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