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Guns and the mentally ill: A cloudy enforcement issue

Vagueness in laws around the possession of firearms by individuals with varying degrees of mental illness makes protecting public difficult, say some law enforcement administrators


By Katie Wedell and Sharahn D. Boykin
Dayton Daily News

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OHIO  Montgomery County sheriff's Sgt. M.D. Hutchison holds a .50-caliber sniper rifle confiscated from a man later convicted of a felony and deemed by the courts to be mentally incompetent.

The death of a Yellow Springs man during a prolonged shootout with police last month has raised concerns about the justice system's capacity to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of those who could be a danger to themselves or the community.

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