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Panel recommends gun permit changes

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RALEIGH (AP) -- A draft report says now-confidential information about involuntary commitments to mental hospitals should be used to deny handguns to people with such a record. The recommendation is one of several that a task force on campus safety plans to release today. The News & Observer of Raleigh obtained a draft report of the recommendations yesterday. The task force recommends a new law to require counties provide information about involuntary commitment orders to the national background check database. The proposed law could prevent people with mental illness from buying guns. Mental health information is provided now. But it typically is not revealed unless the person applying for a gun permit signs a waiver. Attorney General Roy Cooper says it's one step to improve campus safety. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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