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Minnesota Sheriffs propose improved gun background checks

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson says a person deemed mentally ill and dangerous should never be allowed to buy a gun.

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Olson and a coalition of sheriffs, attorneys and mental health advocates who want changes to ensure treatment for the mentally ill to reduce the chances they will turn to violence.

Sheriffs want stronger background checks for gun buyers. They say all felony convictions, mental health court orders and other factors that would disqualify a gun buyer should be sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension within 24 hours, and immediately entered into the background check system.

They also want police to have clear access to a person's court mental health records. And they want the state to address a lack of services for Minnesotans with untreated mental illness.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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