RENO, Nev. (AP) — A young man who bought a handgun from an on-duty Reno police sergeant was adjudicated as mentally ill by a judge and prohibited by law from purchasing a weapon.
Though background checks are not required for private gun sales, the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/13gYX0L ) reports a coding error by the Washoe County clerk's office prevented his name from being entered into state and federal databases.
That means the 19-year-old would not have been flagged even if a background check had been conducted.
The case is fueling ongoing debate in Nevada over gun control after the Democratically-controlled state Legislature passed a bill this year requiring background checks for all gun purchases.
SB221 was vetoed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The Gazette-Journal reports Tuesday that the clerk's office is now auditing its records.
Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com
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