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