Pennsylvania is one of the states that do not communicate with the federal data bases. Reasons are it is too costly and too many medical records are on paper. Another problem is if the person who is mentally ill in one state can go to another state to purchase the gun who does not have this data base. Then there is the 302 statute to determine whether people committed under it are barred by federal law from buying guns. The writer brings up John Shick how he met a man in New Mexico in a parking lot to buy guns for $810.00 (although the seller did not know that Shick had made trouble in an Portland Airport and also was committed in the city of New York ) he walked with his 2 guns to a mental institute killing one person and wounded others before he was shot and killed by the police. Shick had bypassed a system of laws meant to keep guns from a man like him. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed at least three times to mental hospitals in two states. Gun issues will take a long time to resolve within our country as long as we have a conglomerate of state and federal laws that often don't align and of databases that don't communicate with each other.
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