Months before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Maryland’s General Assembly put together a task force to “[study] gun access laws for people with mental illnesses.” What they found, besides a lot of murky political and legal terrain, was a lack of data linking mental illness — however that’s defined — to gun violence.
“There wasn’t that overwhelmingly strong connection,” according to task force co-chair Patrick Dooley. But the panel did suggest a handful of changes to gun access laws and police procedure, some of which I can’t believe aren’t already in effect.
The task force proposed that police be allowed to seize guns from individuals who pose a “substantiated” and “credible” threat. Umm, they can’t already do that?
For a list of the rest of the panel’s recommendations, read the article in the Baltimore Sun.
Mr. Dooley’s first name is Patrick as noted in the article not Paul as you noted.
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