Regional
7:48 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

New Mexico Still Not Using Gun Registry For Mentally Ill

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.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com


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