Virginia May Close Gun Loophole

Governor's order would give more mental health info to dealers
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2007 6:04 AM CDT
Virginia May Close Gun Loophole
Governor Kaine on campus   (Associated Press)

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine is considering closing the loophole that allowed Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung Hui to buy guns despite his dangerous and conspicuous mental illness. A judge ruled Cho mentally ill in 2005, but didn't commit him, so his records were not in the data base dealers consult.

Kaine's executive order would send information, like Cho's diagnosis, to the database, even without involuntary commitment; other states are currently reviewing comparable shifts. Both sides of the aisle have applauded the move. "Someone who's declared a threat to others should not be able to purchase a firearm," said GOP lawmaker Mark Cole. (Read more Tim Kaine stories.)

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