PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine is taking steps to report the names of mentally ill people who pose a risk to society or themselves to the FBI for a national database to check gun buyers.
Starting this spring, the staff at Maine's 38 courts will begin collecting those names and passing them on to the Maine Department of Public Safety. It will give them to the FBI, which manages the national background database.
Mentally ill people are legally prohibited from owning guns under federal law, but Maine has long been unable to add the names of such people to the national database.
Chief Justice Leigh Saufley told the Maine Sunday Telegram that court staff will file paperwork from all new cases involving mentally ill to the database as the cases go through the court system.
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