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Fri February 4, 2011
New Mexico Still Not Using Gun Registry For Mentally Ill
By KRWG News
New Mexico – New Mexico does not require people diagnosed with mental illness to register with a national gun registry when they purchase guns.
A state police spokesman tells The Santa Fe New Mexican there's no law requiring the state to do so. Lt. Eric Garcia says New Mexico doesn't have criteria for determining if a person should be disqualified from owning a gun due to mental illness.
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns says New Mexico is one of 10 states that has never sent mental-health information to the National Instant Background Check System.
There is federal law prohibiting any person from selling or otherwise transferring a firearm or ammunition to any person who is mentally ill or committed to a mental institution.
But Garcia says no law requires states to report their identities to the gun registry.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.