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State Of Pennsylvania To Send Mental Health Records Of Those Prohibited From Buying Guns

(KYW's Larry Kane)

(KYW’s Larry Kane)

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By Special Contributor Larry Kane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It took 18th months and legislative pressure, but the state of Pennsylvania has agreed to sending the mental health records of people prohibited from buying firearms to a federal database. The news broke during a discussion between four suburban district attorneys and special contributor Larry Kane.

Risa Ferman, Montgomery County district attorney, has been pleading for this database information to be released and the state police in Pennsylvania have finally agreed.

She and other district attorneys agree that mental health information is vital to preventing mass killings.


“This isn’t a law enforcement problem it’s a community problem. You have a lot of people out there talking about guns and that’s an issue we’re going to talk about but we need to be talking about our mental health system and the way we handle people. Not people who are committing crimes but just people with mental health issues,” says Ferman.

Ferman appears with her counterparts David Heckler from Bucks County,Thomas Hogan from Chester County and Jack Whelan from Delaware County when we join you for VOR on TCN at 5 p.m. Sunday.

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