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Shannon Watts @shannonrwatts
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Jacksonville shooter wasn’t a convicted felon. He didn’t have a history of illegal drug use. He’s not a fugitive. He hadn’t been convicted of domestic abuse. So only question remaining is if he was adjudicated mentally ill or involuntarily committed for mental health treatment.
If his mental health treatment was voluntary, the shooter’s only criminal offense before pulling the trigger may have been taking his gun across state lines - something the @NRA wants legalize via Concealed Carry Reciprocity, a bill currently winding its way through Congress.
Maryland state law prohibits the sale or transfer of a gun to someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder or who has a history of violent behavior. However, that is dependent on the purchaser filling out the paperwork accurately.
Regardless of the legalities of the gun purchasing process, the Jacksonville shooter could have very easily purchased a gun in nearby Virginia or in Florida from an unlicensed dealer with no background check at all. In many states, it’s easier to buy a gun than Sudafed.
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