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Virginia governor closes gun loophole

RICHMOND, Va. – The governor on Monday closed the loophole in state law that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman to pass a federal background check and buy the weapons used in the massacre.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine issued an executive order requiring that a database of people banned from buying guns include anyone who is found to be dangerous and ordered to undergo involuntary mental health treatment.

Seung-Hui Cho had been ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling after a judge ruled that he was a danger to himself.



But because Cho was treated as an outpatient and never committed to a mental health hospital, the court’s decision was not entered into the database that gun dealers must check before selling a weapon.

The database “should include any determination that someone is mentally ill and so dangerous to himself or others as to warrant involuntary treatment,” Kaine said in a statement.

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Cho, a 23-year-old Virginia Tech senior described as a troubled loner, bought his guns legally through gun shops. He gunned down 32 people in a residence hall and a classroom building before killing himself.

No motive has been established for his rampage.


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