State Government

Mental health database checks for gun owners

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois is creating a statewide system to regulate access to firearms by people who have mental health problems.

The Department of Human Services unveiled an online database Monday that will be used to compile information about people a professional deems a "clear and present danger" to themselves or others.

Human Services Secretary Michelle R.B. Saddler says Illinois' new concealed-carry law broadened the requirements of who must report information and kind of details must be shared.

Mental health professionals must report people in Illinois who've been declared in court to be mentally disabled, developmentally disabled, or meet qualifications for posing a "clear and present danger."

That information is checked against a list of those qualified to own a gun. The Illinois State Police then investigate the matter.

Online: http://1.usa.gov/JVpV8c

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