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Published January 23, 2013, 06:04 PM

Mentally ill shouldn’t own guns, Minnesota Sheriffs say

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Minnesota Sheriffs say people deemed mentally ill and dangerous shouldn't be allowed to purchase firearms.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Minnesota Sheriffs say people deemed mentally ill and dangerous shouldn't be allowed to purchase firearms.

A coalition of sheriffs, attorneys and mental health advocates are working to reduce the chances mentally ill people will turn to violence.

Sheriffs are asking any felony convictions, mental health court orders should be sent to the BCA within 24 hours, plus entered into a background check system.

To reach that, Clay County Sheriff says we all need to work together.

Bill Bergquist, Clay County Sheriff: "We need to, our partners, our other professional partners, like I say the medical, the schools and even parents. There's going to be people like that that are going to notice these things probably even before we are going to get it."

Many sheriffs are also asking that police have access to mental health records.

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