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Background check gap could allow Florida mentally ill to buy guns

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Clerks in each county are responsible for entering mental health records that would disqualify someone from buying a gun into the Florida Mental Competency application, which is overseen by FDLE. The audit also noted that FDLE and state clerks are working on a multi-year program that will ‘greatly enhance the entry of records into’ the mental health database. Officials with the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, a state group that represents county clerks, blame budget reductions, not misplaced staffing priorities, for the late-filed mental health records.

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