Monday, February 18, 2013

Univ. of Maryland Shooting Involves Mental Illness

The murder-suicide involving a University of Maryland, College Park, student who was on medication for mental illness will likely affect the debate over Gov. Martin O'Malley’s gun control bill and its safeguards against gun purchases by the mentally ill.

State lawmakers have remained quiet in the aftermath of last week’s shooting by Dayvon Green, a 23-year-old graduate student whom authorities say shot his two roommates — killing one — before turning the gun on himself.

The governor’s bill would make it harder for people with documented mental illnesses to legally purchase handguns, but it is not yet clear whether its restrictions would have stopped Green, who legally bought the 9 mm pistol he used in the killings and a semiautomatic Uzi rifle that wasn’t fired but was found at the scene.

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