Sunday, October 12, 2008
Mentally Ill Purchasing Guns
Q: I have a 20 year old brother that lives in South Bend and he is thinking on buying a gun. Since he found out it is very easy to obtain one he is planning to buy one. My family and I believe he is in a depressed stage right now and don't think he should buy one. He does not listen to us so I thought if there is any way to restrict my brother from buying a gun?

A: This is a difficult question to answer due to the fact that Indiana is one of about 30 states that does not disclose mental health issues to the FBI when it comes to criminal investigations as part of firearms sales. After the death of Cpl Nick Polizotto, WBST did a feature story on this concern:

However right now it is difficult to take these steps to prevent him from obtaining one as the law stands. I would suggest contacting legislators and try to lobby for change.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 7:09 PM  

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