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12 January 2004

Associated Press

ATHENS, Alabama — A former mental patient accused of killing two Athens police officers was able to pass an FBI background check and buy a rifle because Alabama doesn't report involuntary mental commitments to the FBI's database, a federal attorney said. An involuntary commitment is one of several reasons allowed under federal law for prohibiting a person from purchasing a gun, but Alabama and many other states don't report them to the National Instant Criminal... (GunPolicy.org)

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