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Apr 20,2007
Mental illness did not stop Va. gun sales
by UPI

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-hui purchased a gun from a store despite a history of mental illness and bought his second firearm online.

ABC News reported Cho was found during a court-ordered mental health evaluation in December 2005 to be "mentally ill and in need of hospitalization" and "an imminent danger to self and others," but that information did not appear in court records when he bought his Glock 19 handgun from Roanoke Firearms.

"We ran a state police background check," Roanoke Firearms store owner John Markell said. "It came back clean."

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, passed in 1993, prohibits anyone who "(h)as been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution" from purchasing firearms.

Cho's second gun, a 22-caliber Walther semi-automatic pistol, was purchased from Green Bay, Wis., based Web site, The Gun Source, CBS News reported. A background check administered at the time of that purchase also failed to report his history of mental illness.

"If the current law on the books had been effectively administered and followed, this individual would not have been able to buy these guns," said Paul Hemke, president of the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence.

Copyright ©  2007, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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