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589 added to gun background check list under Vermont law

February 10, 2018 01:53 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A new report says more than 500 Vermont residents have been added to the national database of those barred from having guns because state courts ordered hospitalization or other treatment for dangerous mental illnesses.

A state law that took effect in 2015 requires state courts to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System within 48 hours when a suspect in a criminal case has been committed to the custody of the Department of Mental. It also requires reporting when a court has ordered someone to be hospitalized or to undergo outpatient treatment because their mental illness makes them a danger to themselves or others.

The Burlington Free Press reports that 589 names have been added to the database from Vermont since the law took effect.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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