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August 3, 2014

136 mentally ill in S.C. denied gun purchases

South Carolina state agents say 136 people have been stopped from buying guns in the state because a background check showed they had been ruled mentally incompetent by a court. A state law passed last year requires probate courts to report all cases where a person was judged mentally incompetent or involuntarily committed to a mental health facility. That information goes into a federal database, and those people aren’t allowed to own a gun. The law was prompted by the arrest of 28-year-old with a documented history of mental illness taken into custody with a gun outside a Charleston school in February 2013. Associated Press

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