Washoe court had deemed Reno man mentally unstable

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Updated: 7/17/2013 10:28 am
CORRECTION: Washoe District Court is the entity involved in this issue, not the Washoe County Clerk's office.  A Washoe County Spokeswoman issued the following statement to News 4: "The Associated Press is incorrectly reporting the Washoe County Clerk’s Office made a coding error preventing a mentally unstable man’s name from being entered into state and federal databases for a background check. The correct entity is the Washoe District Court."

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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BDeckwa - 7/17/2013 8:39 PM
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Another situation that the justice department failed the system. Now they will holler about fireamrs control. Had they done their job and put his name out on the list, it wouldn't have gotten this far.

nvpuckstopper - 7/16/2013 8:13 PM
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So the system has just proven that background checks aren't reliable because court employees can't even do the job right. How am I to think that their wouldn't be a mistake in the other direction, making a citizen unable to purchase a gun because the wrong identification information was entered?

teedofftaxpayr - 7/16/2013 7:16 PM
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Is it the County Clerk or the Court Clerk responsible for the filing? They are two different position handling different items. I don't see the County Clerk handling something like this, however, it does seem to ring more true that the Court Clerk would. Need to check their information and put out the RIGHT INFORMATION before accusing someone of making a mistake.

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