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Report: Inaccurate record keeping may allow mentally ill to buy gun

Report: Inaccurate record keeping may allow mentally ill to buy gun

08.04.2016.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A troubling new report from the Florida Auditor General reveals incomplete and inaccurate record keeping may be putting guns in the hands of mentally-ill buyers.

Legally, anyone who is on the Mentally Defective Database called MECOM or has a court-ordered commitment to a mental institution can’t buy a gun. But according to the eight-page report, the information in that database isn’t always complete or accurate.

“Ninety percent of all suicides are people with a mental illness, so you add a gun to that equation and, I mean, the lethality of that, you know, is much higher,” said Denise Marzullo, executive director of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida. To continue reading click here.

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