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Sheriffs to Discuss Mental Illness, Gun Violence

ST. PAUL (AP) – A group of Minnesota sheriffs want to make it harder for those suffering from mental illness to obtain guns.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson and others are holding a news conference Wednesday to announce proposed reforms to the state’s gun laws.

Among them, the sheriffs want to strengthen background checks for those who want to own guns.

They also want law enforcement to have more access to an individual’s mental health records. And they want the state to address a lack of services for Minnesotans with untreated mental illness.

More details on the proposed reforms will be shared Wednesday afternoon. They have been endorsed by the Minnesota Sheriffs Association.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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