Published Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 | 2:16 p.m.
Updated Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 | 3:43 p.m.
Nevada mental health patients involuntarily committed to state psychiatric hospitals are rarely being added to a federal database that would restrict them from purchasing firearms, a state senator said Thursday. State Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, said the rate in which those committed are included in the federal database is “shockingly low and reveals a total system failure.” “Individuals suffering from mental illness who pose a threat to themselves or others should be prohibited from purchasing a firearm,” Kieckhefer said in a statement. “Federal and state laws have been in effect for years to enforce this restriction. Unfortunately, here in Nevada, ...
This story has been edited to clarify that the statistics are based on petitions for commitment to a mental health facility.