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Nevada Courts Checked For Gun Database Compliance

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — The chief justice of the Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a statewide review to determine whether courts are reporting names of mentally ill people to a gun ownership blacklist.

Justice Kris Pickering asked State Court Administrator Robin Sweet Wednesday to start the review, and officials said they were working to notify the courts Thursday.

Supreme Court spokesman Bill Gang says the instructions come in light of a Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/14pmqh0) investigation into a state background check database.

A 2010 law requires courts to notify the Nevada Department of Public Safety if someone is found to “lack the mental capacity to contract or manage his or her own affairs.”

The newspaper found Las Vegas courts failed to forward more than 2,400 names, and Washoe District Court failed to report 179.

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