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Republicans want state audit on weapons ban for mentally ill patients

Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor says no one who is prohibited from owning a weapon
Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor says no one who is prohibited from owning a weapon "should be able to slip through the cracks ... because government officials failed to report this vital information.”
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Courts, cops and state hospitals are supposed to inform the state Justice Department when a mentally ill person gets barred from owning a gun.  For example, whenever a court commits a person to an institution because they pose a threat to others, or when a patient makes threats against others during a private session with a therapist.
 
Once someone is prohibited from owning a gun, the Justice Department adds their name to a list that is used to confiscate thousands of firearms each year from people who pose a threat.

It’s the law, but Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) worries it’s not being followed.

“No one who is prohibited should be able to slip through the cracks and obtain a firearm because government officials failed to report this vital information,” he says.

In a letter to the chair of the Legislative Joint Audit Committee, Mansoor asked that the state scrutinize the Department of Justice’s handling of reports and the track record of a sampling of state Superior Courts.

A state Justice official recently reported that almost 20,000 Californians own guns who aren’t supposed to, including some who are mentally ill.